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The SMi Group are proud to announce that the 23rd annual Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition will return on 2nd – 4th November 2021 in London, UK, with a Disruptive Technology Focus Day on 1st November. Hailed as one of the most important gatherings in the world for the military SATCOM community, Global MilSatCom 2021 will once again be an unmissable event as MILSATCOM takes on a new level of importance in global conflict.

The MILSATCOM community finds itself at an inflection point: superiority and safety in the space domain has mostly been a given for NATO-allied militaries; technology to enhance interoperability has, overall, been underemphasized and underdeveloped; and a commander’s operational SATCOM capabilities have rarely been impeded by hostile actions. Nowadays, however, a radically different picture has emerged: the space domain is becoming very competitive as near-peer adversaries challenge the status quo; it is becoming increasingly apparent through the re-emergence of near-peer threats that every segment of a SATCOM system must be more interoperable to enable better communications in coalition; and both near-peer and irregular adversaries are frequently demonstrating their ability to impede effective communications on the battlefield.

Global MilSatCom 2021 aims to respond to these challenges. With briefings from senior officials from the world’s leading militaries and solution providers, discussions on key issues such as international SATCOM architectural convergence and flexibility of ground terminals, attendance from every significant MILSATCOM program, dedicated exhibition halls, and a whole day on disruptive technology in space, Global MilSatCom will shape the way ahead and provide an unrivalled opportunity for collaboration and partnership.

Day 1 will begin by focusing on the UK’s SKYNET programme and will continue with updates and briefings from key European allies. Day 2 will be centred on innovation and change within the US space enterprise. Large focuses will be on the Integrated SATCOM Enterprise vision, JADC2, and partnerships with industry and international allies. Finally, day 3 will centre around key international partner updates which will provide further opportunities for partnerships and situational awareness of global MILSATCOM efforts.

Global MilSatCom is one of the world's leading events on military SATCOM and draws in 500+, truly global representatives from the military, industry, government, and research to create an event that is not to be missed. Attend the conference to benefit from exclusive updates, insights, and discussions with the pre-eminent names in the world of SATCOM. 

  • Meet and network with leaders in SATCOM from industry, military and government across three days, including dedicated networking breaks, dinners, drinks receptions, and more!
  • Hear updates and guidance from world-leading SATCOM programme managers and decision-makers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of MILSATCOM
  • Discover cutting-edge SATCOM technology to enhance operational effectiveness
  • Make new connections, contacts and partnerships from Global MilSatCom's international audience

MOD ISS ; Actia Telecom; Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group; Advantech Wireless; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USAF; AFSPC Space and Missile Systems Center, USAF; AFSPC/SMC; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence & Space Inc; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Defence and Space SAS ; Airbus Group; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense Inc; AQYR; Arabsat; Arianespace; Armada; Australian Department Of Defence; Australian Department of Defence / Joint Capabilities Group; Avanti Communications; Avascent; Avidonn Consulting; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Babcock; Babcock International ; BAE Systems; BAE Systems (Applied Intelligence); Belcastel Space Consulting; Boeing Defence Australia; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Armed Forces; Brazilian Army; BT; Cabinet Office of Japan; Callisto; Canadian Armed Forces; CAST; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; CGI; Chilean Air Force; China Aerospace Studies Institute ; CIS Agency of Czech MOD; CITC; Clearbox Systems; Collins Aerospace; Comsat; Comtech EF Data; CPI Satcom Division ; Cubic Mission Solutions; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; DataPath; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Space Administration; Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Armed Forces; Deloitte; Department of International Trade; Descartes Labs Inc; DGA; DISA; DLR; Dstl; Egyptian Armed Forces; EM Solutions; Embassy of Ukraine; ETL Systems Ltd; European Space Agency ; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Eutelsat S A; Eutelsat UK Ltd; Evistacom LLC; ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc; Finnish Defence Forces ; FMV; French Armed Forces; French Embassy DGA; French Joint Space Command; General Dynamics Ltd.; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GetSat; Gilat Satellite Networks; Global Military Communications; GovSat; Grimes, McGovern & Associates; Hellas Sat; High Capabilities Technologies (H I C A P); HISDESAT; HMGCC; HUGHES NETWOKS SYSTEMS ; Hughes Network Systems; Hytec Inter Co Ltd; iDirect ; iDirect Europe ; IHS Jane's; Indian Space Research Organisation; Inmarsat; Inmarsat, Inc; Inster; Institute For Defense Analyses; Integrasys; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Isotropic Systems; ISS, MOD Corsham; ISS, UK MOD; Italian Defence General Staff; Italian Defense General Staff; iTrinegy Ltd; JFC Cap C4ISR; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Forces Command HQ; JSAT International Inc; Kratos; Kratos ; Kymeta; Kymeta Corporation; L3 GCS; L3 Technologies; L3Harris; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corp; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Luxembourg Directorate of Defence; LuxGovSat; Marlink; MBDA UK Ltd; MCC Corporation; Media Broadcast Satellite Gmbh; Methera Global Communications; Ministry of Defence, UK; Mission Microwave; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; MoD ISS; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Information Agency (NIC); NATO ACT; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO Communications and Informations Agency (NCIA); NATO HQ; NATO HQ MARCOM; NATO Special Operations HQ; ND SatCom; NDMA; NEC Corporation; Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization; Netherlands Ministry of Defence; New Zealand Defence Force; Newtec; NIWC/TPO/STF, Ltd; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northern Space & Security Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems; Norwegian Cyberdefence; Norwegian MOD; Novelsat; NSSI; NSSL; NSSL Global Ltd; NSSLGlobal Ltd; Nuvotronics; OHB System; OneWeb; Optus Major City Earth Station; Optus Satellite; Over Horizon AB; PA Consulting Group; Paradigm ; PlaneWave Instruments ; Plexus Corp; Polish National Cyber Security Center; RAF; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Raytheon SAS; Raytheon Systems Limited; Raytheon UK; Reflex Photonics; Renaissance Strategic Advisors; ReQu Tech; ReQuTech; RHEA Group; Rockwell Colllins; Romanian Defence Staff; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Royal Saudi Naval Forces; SAE International; Safran; Santander Teleport; SAPNS2 - APEX; SatADSL S.A; SAVI, LLC; SciSys UK Ltd; Semper Fortis Solutions; Seraphim Capital; Serco Ltd; Services Sound & Vision Corporation Media Innovation; SES; SES Government Solutions; SES Government Systems; SES Networks; Shetland Space Centre ; Signal Branch; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; Skyrora; SNXP Ltd; Space and Missile Systems Center; Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force; Space Intel Report ; Space Norway; Space Vehicles Directorate; Spacecom; SpaceNews, Inc; Special Aerospace Services; Spectra Group; Speedcast; SRT Wireless, LLC; SSC Space UK; Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.; Strategic Affairs Secretariat - Presidency of Brazil; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Tampa Microwave; Teledyne Paradise Datacom ; Telesat; Telespazio; Telespazio France; Telespazio S.p.A.; Teletimes Media LLC.; Terrasat Communications Inc; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications & Security; Thales Communications & Security S.A; Thales UK; The Aerospace Corporation; The Aerospace International Research Center GmbH ; The Genus Group; The Gund Company; The Traville Group; Third Sales Division; Trans Capital Air Ltd.; TURKSAT AS; UAE GHQ; UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC); UK Ministry of Defence; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UKDSC; UltiSat, Inc.; Ultra Electronics GIGASAT; United States Air Force; University Of Bristol; University of Strathclyde; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force SMC/MCX; US DOD; USAF; USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center; USAF/AFSPC/Space and Missile Systems Center; USSOCOM J636 ; Viasat ; ViaSat Communications Inc; ViaSat UK Ltd; ViaSat, Inc.; Virgin Orbit; VOX Space; VT iDirect Inc; Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems; XTAR;

US Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications and Information Administration; ABB International Consulting, LLC; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Air Force; Air Force Research Laboratory; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space Limited; AQYR; Ariane Space; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Army; Astroscale; Avanti Communications; Avanti Communications Group ; BAE Systems; Battlespace Publications; Belgian MOD; Belgium Ministry of Defence; BFBS / Forces Net; Boeing; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Navy; Brazilian Space Systems Commission; British Defence Staff US; BT; C4ISR Jt User; C5ISR Center CP&I; Caelus Partners ; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian Space Operation Center; CCI; Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya; CGI; China Aerospace Studies Institute; Chirman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/J6; CNES; Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL); Connectivity Business; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; Datapath Intrenational AB; DCIA; DE&S - MoD; Defence; Defence & Security Exports; Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, DRDO; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Science Technology Group; Defense; Delta Research / SMDC; Department of National Defence; Department of National Defence (Canada); Department of National Defense; Dept of Defence; DG Air & Space DG; DGA; Director General Air and Space Force Development; DISA; DND; DND/CAF; DoD CIO; DoD/OSD; DRS Global Enterprise Solutions; DRS Technical Service Inc; DSK G6 XO 11AAB NLD; DST Group; DSTA; DSTL; DTAQ Europe Office; European Defence Agency; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Executive Office of the President / The White House; Exército Brasileiro; FAB; Finnish Defence Forces ; French Armed Forces; French Embassy DGA; French Joint Space Command; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GigaSat; Government of Canada; GovSat; Greg Wishard; High Commission of India; HISDESAT; Hughes Network Systems; Hughes Network Systems, LLC; Hytec Inter Co Ltd; IDF; iDirect ; IHS Janes; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Incas - National Institute For Aerospace Research; Inmarsat; Inmarsat Government Services; Inster; Intelsat General; ISDEFE; Isotropic Systems; ISS, UK MOD; ISTAR Force HQ; Italian Army; Itochu Corporation; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Capability Group, Department of Defence; Joint Staff J6 C3I; KDDI Corporation; Kratos; L3 Harris ; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corporation; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lockheed Martin UK; Loyola Marymount University; Marlink; Marlink SAS; MBDA(UK); MCC Corporation; MET Office; Microwave Journal; MILMAG Defense & Space; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence - Defence Digital; Ministry Of Defence - Egypt; Ministry of Defence (DE&S); Ministry of Defence, Spain; Ministry of Defence, UK; Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs ; Ministry Of National Defence; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Mod; MOD - UKStratCom; MOD Abbey Wood; MOD DE&S ; MOD UK; NAF NAVY HQ; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Defence; National Defence Canada; National Directorate of Armament; National Space Policy Secretariat/ Cabinet Office; NATO HQ; NATO Special Operations HQ; Navy Digital and IT Directorate; Navy Information Warfare Center- Atlantic; NDMA; NEC Corporation; Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization; Netherlands Min of Defense; Netherlands MoD; New Zealand Defence Force; Newtec; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northern Space & Security Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Norwegian Armed Forces; Norwegian Cyberdefence; Norwegian Defence Material Agency; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; NSSL Global Ltd; NSSLGlobal Ltd; NTIA; Office of Naval Research Global; OHB System; Orbital Gateway Consulting; Ovzon; PdM Mission Network, PM Tactical Network, PEO C3T; PJHQ; Plexus Corp; PM Tactical Networks / PdL UNCI; Polish National Cyber Security Center ; Polish Space Agency; Portuguese Navy; Precious Payload ; Product Lead Unified Network Capabilities & Integration (PdL UNCl) - PEO C3T; Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communication-Tactical (PEO C3T); RAF; RAF Air Command; RAF Fylingdales; RAF High Wycombe; Raft Systems Limited; RCAF; RNLAF; Rockwell Colllins; ROU MoD; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Netherlands Air Force; SAE Group; SAE Media Group; Seraphim Capital; Serco Ltd; SHAPE; Shetland Space Centre ; Space and Missile Systems Center; Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Portfolio Architect; Space and Missile Systems Center/ Portfolio Architect Office; Space Intel Report ; Space Missile Center; Space operations center; Space Systems Command; Spaceport Cornwall; Spanish MoD; Suparco; Supreme Committee ; Tech Briefs Media Group; Teletimes Media LLC.; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Communications & Security; The Aerospace Corporation; U.S. Army; U.S. Strategic Command; UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC); UK Mil; UK Ministry of Defence - Government Commercial Organisation; UK MoD; UK MOD CSS; UK Space Agency; UK STRATCOM; UK Strategic Command; UKStratCom; Ultra Electronics GIGASAT; US Air Force; US Army; US Army - PM Tactical Network; US ARMY CCDC C5ISR Center; US Army Space and Missile Defense Command; US Office of Naval Research Global; US SPACECOM; USSF/S5; USSPACECOM; USSPACECOM/J5; ViaSat; ViaSat UK Ltd; ViaSat, Inc.; Virgin Orbit; VOX Space; XTAR;

Conference programme

7:45 Registration & Coffee

8:40 Opening Remarks from SMi Group

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Dr Joanna Hart

Dr Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, UKRI - STFC
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9:00 The UK MOD in Space: UK Space Command & UK Space Directorate

Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey

Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, Commander, UK Space Command
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9:20 SKYNET Update: Developments and Way Ahead for the UK's SATCOM Capability

Captain Phil Coope

Captain Phil Coope, Deputy Head Space, Capability C4ISR, UK Strategic Command

  • The key drivers for SKYNET – availability, coverage, flexibility and interoperability.
  • How SKYNET 6 will shape SKYNET 7 - Progress towards an informed Ministry of Defence and outlining the balance between Owning MilSATCOM, Allied SATCOM
  • Industry challenge: How can UK MOD be more innovative in the future for SKYNET?
  • 9:45 UK MOD: International Relationships are Key

  • How the UK is looking to collaborate differently
  • UKSTRATCOM's experience of collaboration
  • How allies can help the collaboration process
  • How industry can support their government to collaborate
  • Ms Becky Swanborough

    Ms Becky Swanborough, Space International Partnering, Capabilty C4ISR, UK Strategic Command

    Mr Barry Austin

    Mr Barry Austin, Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
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    10:10 Panel: Exploitation of Commercial SATCOM for Military Effect

  • The possibilities of COMSATCOM: what benefits do commercial solutions provide to the military?
  • What are some of the future use-cases for COMSATCOM?
  • Are there drawbacks and limitations to commercial SATCOM, and how can we overcome these issues with our partners?
  • Network of partners: are we set up for effective collaboration and partnership with our commercial partners?
  • Dr Joanna Hart

    Dr Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, UKRI - STFC
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    Mr Barry Austin

    Mr Barry Austin, Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
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    Squadron Leader Mike Brydon

    Squadron Leader Mike Brydon, SKYNET 6 - Requirements, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
    View Bio

    Wing Commander Andrew Eccleston

    Wing Commander Andrew Eccleston, SO1 Space and Bearers, UK Strategic Command

    10:40 Morning Coffee & Networking Break, Hosted by Eutelsat

    11:10 Delivering the Future: Meeting the Military Space Challenge

    Mr Richard Franklin

    Mr Richard Franklin, UK Managing Director, Airbus Defence & Space
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  • Delivering the foundations
  • Designed for multi-domain integration
  • Embracing commercial innovation to augment MilSatCom
  • Delivering more than a platform or a service
     
  • 11:40 Session Reserved for Lockheed Martin

    Ms Stacy Kubicek

    Ms Stacy Kubicek, Mission Solutions Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Space

    Ms Kay Sears

    Ms Kay Sears, Military Space Vice President & General Manager, Lockheed Martin Space

    12:10 French New Satcom Generation

    Commander Marina Ballanger

    Commander Marina Ballanger, SATCOM & PNT International Affairs, DGA
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  • French MOD MILSATCOM strategy
  • Current developments : SYRACUSE IV
  • Future developments : SYRACUSE IV
  • 12:35 Next Gen Milsatcom

    Mr Etienne Boucharlat

    Mr Etienne Boucharlat, Technical Deputy Director, Thales Six Gts France SAS
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  • Constant evolution of Milsatcom needs
  • Key requirements to face a fast changing landscape
  • Hybrid network operation
  • Multi Sat agile waveform combines protection and high capacity
     
  • 13:05 Networking Lunch

    14:15 NATO Space Communications Programme

  • A successful story
  • Industry Business Opportunities
  • Future Challenges
  • Mr Giovanni Durando

    Mr Giovanni Durando, SATCOM Service Area Owner, NATO Communications and Information Agency
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    Mr Andreas Hutzenlaub

    Mr Andreas Hutzenlaub, NSII Service Line Chief, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    View Bio

    14:40 Session Reserved for Northrop Grumman

    Mr David Pile

    Mr David Pile, Regional Director Europe & MENA, Northrop Grumman Space
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    15:10 Panel: Developing Flexible, Interoperable, and Secure SATCOM Terminals

  • Are our SATCOM systems interoperable enough from the terminal perspective; e.g., can a terminal work with different communications satellites?
  • Sharing agreement frameworks and integration of comms in coalition: are we prepared from a logistical as well as cultural/linguistic standpoint? What technical measures need to be adopted so that our terminals are ready?
  • Multinational and commercial ground stations: are we making best use of our resources?
  • Manufacturing/additions at or near the time & point of need: will 21st Century Information Age conflicts provide us the time to adjust once they have begun? Do we have the multi-national standards in place to enable technology insertions during a conflict?
     
  • Mr Patrick H. Rayermann

    Mr Patrick H. Rayermann, SATCOM Systems Engineer, supporting U.S. DoD Chief Information Officer, LinQuest Corporation
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    Lieutenant Colonel Collin E.P. Van Loon

    Lieutenant Colonel Collin E.P. Van Loon, Senior Staff Officer CIS & C4I, Netherlands Force Development Directorate
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    Dr Mike Baxter

    Dr Mike Baxter, SATCOM Technical Lead, Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
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    Wing Commander David Black

    Wing Commander David Black, Skynet EC Project Manager, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command

    15:40 ORCHESTRA in Theatre – Connectivity in Harmony

    Mr Nick Shave

    Mr Nick Shave, Vice President Strategic Programmes, Inmarsat
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    16:10 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

    16:40 Multi-Layered Security and Resilience, an Integrated Approach

    Mr Koen Willems

    Mr Koen Willems, Head International Government Market and Strategy, ST Engineering iDirect
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  • Detect, mitigate, prevent and predict security threats that could hamper operations
  • Interference excision technology cutting away interference
  • Gaining operational advantage through secure and resilient networks
  • Obtain information superiority and achieve seamless operations
  • Building network diversity for operational flexibility
  • 17:10 The Convergence of Terrestrial and Space Communications for Mission Critical Networks

    Professor Andy Sutton

    Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Architect, Mobile Backhaul and 5G, BT
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  • Mobile network overview
  • Satellite use cases
  • Future opportunities for non-terrestrial networks
  • 17:40 Delivering Secure Governmental SATCOM in Transforming Markets

    Mr Patrick Biewer

    Mr Patrick Biewer, CEO, GovSat
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  • Changing Security boundaries and Threats
  • Addressing a demand shift towards managed services
  • Operating a security differentiated SATCOM capability
  • 18:10 Luxembourg Perspectives on MILSATCOM

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot, Head of Space and Cyber Departement, Luxembourg Directorate of Defense
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  • Luxembourg Space Defense Strategy
  • Partnership as the most suitable vehicle to fulfil national SATCOM requirements
  • Luxembourg’s involvement in GOVSAT, WGS and NGO’s systems
  • 18:35 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Joanna Hart

    Dr Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, UKRI - STFC
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    19:00 Drinks Reception at the Royal Horseguards Hotel - Hosted by Babcock

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:40 Opening Remarks from SMi Group

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Mr Mike Dean

    Mr Mike Dean, DoD SATCOM Chief, US DOD CIO
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    9:00 United States Space Force Opening Keynote Address

    Lieutenant General B. Chance Saltzman

    Lieutenant General B. Chance Saltzman, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, US Space Force
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    9:30 Allied by Design: How Everyone Benefits with an International Mindset from Day One

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    View Bio

  • The latest insights to USSF and space systems command with the introduction of SSC/IA
  • Allied by Design mindset current and future areas of application
  • Acquisition at the speed of relevance for today’s
    space technology
  • SATCOM partnerships at work: stories from the real world
  • Space partnership wins and what’s coming next
  • 9:50 Enterprise Vision Requirements and Acquisition

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Colonel Ryan Colburn, Director Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
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  • The role of requirements and operational need as drivers for the SATCOM vision: importance of rapid fielding of SATCOM capabilities to outpace adversaries, fill demand and the need to avoid stovepipe acquisition systems
  • Reorganization of SMC/SSC and the implications for the SATCOM business unit
  • Ensuring coherence in all segments: how will we field multiple systems at a fast pace while delivering an integrated C2 capability; importance of Enterprise Management and Control
  • The role of our partners in industry: how can you get involved as we look to leverage commercial expertise and capabilities to deliver SATCOM to the warfighter
  • Hybrid architectural approach leveraging purpose-built, commercial and international partnerships for an integrated SATCOM capability
  • 10:10 Developing Long-Term Partnerships with Militaries and Industry with Innovative Contracting Mechanisms

    Mr Stephane Londres

    Mr Stephane Londres, Military Solutions Manager, Secure Communications, Airbus Defence & Space
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  • Investment in capability to meet customer goals
  • Developing End-to-End and value added services
  • Partnerships for the future
     
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee & Networking Break

    11:10 What Does Thuraya 4-NGS Bring to Government SATCOM?

    Mr Jassem Nasser

    Mr Jassem Nasser, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Thuraya
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  • Higher Security, Reliability, and Flexibility.
  • Richer Portfolio of Services and Products with unmatched performance
  • Improved mobility for multiple platforms on land, at sea and in the air
     
  • 11:40 COMSATCOM for the Warfighter: Transforming SATCOM Capability with Commercial Capacity

    Mr Michael Nichols

    Mr Michael Nichols, Chief, Commercial SATCOM Solutions Branch, SSC, US Space Force

  • Capability with Commercial Capacity
  • Way ahead for transforming COMSATCOM capabilities through the SATCOM Enterprise Vision
  • Building a network of partners: working with the COMSATCOM office
  • Mitigating resilience concerns
  • CSCO’s future COMSATCOM strategy
  • 12:00 Session Reserved for Viasat

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, Viasat

    12:30 O3b mPOWER: Extending Government Networks with Next-Generation SATCOM

    Mr Philippe Glaesener

    Mr Philippe Glaesener, SVP, Sales, Global Government, SES
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  • Today’s government networks require flexible, resilient, cloud architectures
  • To enable this, O3b mPOWER brings unparalleled throughput, scalability and flexibility, with available sovereign capabilities to put government users in control of their data and missions, wherever and whenever needed
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 USSPACECOM: Delivering the Integrated SATCOM Enterprise Vision

    Major General David Miller

    Major General David Miller, Director of Operations, Training, and Joint Force Development J3/7, US Space Command
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  • Organizational Structure and new UCP mission
  • The integration of all requirements collection, planning, allocation and operational processes: SPACECOM as the global SATCOM bandwidth manager
  • Improvements in flexible, responsive, and dynamically optimized communications through SATCOM management
     
  • 14:20 Increasing Resiliency in Global Communications through Holistic Integration

    Mr Gus Anderson

    Mr Gus Anderson, Director of Business Development, Leonardo DRS
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    Using a holistic view of satellite-based global networks we discuss how the integration of each segment, from space segment, to ground, to network management, all play a crucial role to increase resiliency in an information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem

  • The current state of the COMSATCOM market and the effects on military use
  • Meeting customer requirements of confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) when building a global ICT Ecosystem
  • The recipe for a best value global communications solution
  • 14:50 The SATCOM Ground Segment at SMC

    Dr Mike Baxter

    Dr Mike Baxter, SATCOM Technical Lead, Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
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  • The US DOD as the biggest user of satellite capacity in the world: are we set for the new Fighting SATCOM vision to enable our warriors to fight and win?
  • Progress towards synchronization with the Integrated SATOM Enterprise vision to ensure seamless integration with our warfighters
  • Ground terminals segment: greater investment in multiband and multi-waveform capable terminals
  • Possible solutions for industry involvement and ways to take advantage of the commercial sector’s infrastructure
  • Moving SATCOM ground systems toward a services based architecture
  • 15:10 Defence Forces are Undergoing a Digital Transformation and Addressing the Space Domain, Can Their Satellite Systems Keep Up?

    Mr Mark Lambert

    Mr Mark Lambert, President, Kratos Communications
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  • Exploring the Digital Transformation. What are the MilSatCom and MilSpace challenges?
  • Who has similar issues and what can we learn?
  • Using Commercial technologies to give Situational Awareness, Operational Resilience and Dynamic Scale.
     
  • 15:40 COMSATCOM: The Next 5 Years

    Mr Rick Lober

    Mr Rick Lober, General Manager/Vice President Defense & Intelligence Systems, Hughes
    View Bio

    Moving to a managed services and multi-constellation mindset

  • Advantages and challenges in managed service for DoD users
  • The advent of Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) GEO constellations
  • Multi constellation networks - adding MEO and LEO
  • The importance of network management in the transition
  • SDN, AI, ML – where does each fit?
  • 16:10 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

    16:40 Creating a New Paradigm for MilSatCom

    Mr James Shaw

    Mr James Shaw, Director, Government Solutions, Telesat Government Solutions
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    Telesat is well into the build of its advanced Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network, Telesat Lightspeed, and will share perspectives gained from Telesat’s work with the DARPA Blackjack Program, the US Space Force CASINO Program, and the Canadian Department of National Defence, including:

  • The ability to leverage advanced commercial manufacturing for military payloads
  • CONOPS for DoD spacecraft linking to commercial systems via laser-based communications
  • The use of cloud computing with LEO to capture, manage and disseminate data to all types of government users
  • 17:10 Fireside Chat: Operational SATCOM with the Combatant Commands

    Colonel Ed Skelly

    Colonel Ed Skelly, Operations Division Chief, USCENTCOM J6
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  • SATCOM on the ground: overview of SATCOM context and setup
  • Feedback on innovation: what can the SATCOM community do to improve operational performance further?
  • Coalition interoperability: how are our SATCOM assets performing in coalition with allies?
  • Training and preparation of our people: are we doing enough to equip today’s Warfighter to operate SATCOM-enabled technology?
  • 17:30 Responding to a Dynamically Changing Space Environment

    Mr Ron Burch

    Mr Ron Burch, Director, Advanced MILSATCOM, Boeing
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  • Boeing is responding to the dynamically changing global space market
  • Unprecedented changes in requirements, available technology, and threats
  • We are investing to better serve emerging missions and enhance resilience, agility and flexibility
  • Boeing is committed to developing capabilities that can be responsively delivered and maintain their value despite a changing environment
  • 18:00 Panel: Galvanizing the Space Industry and Accelerating Innovation in the US Space Enterprise

  • Enterprise vision and innovation as a key cornerstone: what are our main goals and why is rapid innovation key?
  • Working with the primes: are we doing enough to support innovative practices? Is the US DOD incentivizing innovation work which may not return immediate profit?
  • Is the US space enterprise doing enough to support, encourage and finance innovation in the private sector which aligns with our goals?
  • Acquisition pathways: are we treading the path between deep, detailed, long-term acquisition and rapid capability-filling purchases?
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins

    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins, Director, Innovations and Partnerships, SaxaVord Spaceport
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    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
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    Ms Andrea Loper

    Ms Andrea Loper, Business Manager, RV International Point of Contact, US Air Force Research Laboratory
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    Ms Kay Sears

    Ms Kay Sears, Military Space Vice President & General Manager, Lockheed Martin Space

    18:30 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr Mike Dean

    Mr Mike Dean, DoD SATCOM Chief, US DOD CIO
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    19:00 Drinks Reception - Hosted by Airbus

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:40 Opening Remarks from SMi Group

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Mr Nigel Chandler

    Mr Nigel Chandler, Key Account Manager, Airbus Defence & Space
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    9:00 New Zealand Tactical Communications Modernization

    Mr Kirk Leech

    Mr Kirk Leech, SATCOM Product Owner, New Zealand Defence Force
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  • New Zealand approach to Commercial Satellite requirements
  • Future SATCOM capability
  • 9:25 Australian Defence SATCOM System (ASDSS) Development Update

    Dr Olivia Samardzic

    Dr Olivia Samardzic, Minister Counsellor Defence Science and Technology (London & Paris), Australian Department of Defence

  • The ASDS mission and progress so far to enable Joint C2 for deployed Joint Task Forces, and key goals for enhanced capacity and range
  • JP 9102 mission systems program roadmap and timelines for narrowband, wideband and ground segment requirements
  • ASDSS needs: capacity, connectivity, flexibility, interoperability, agility, resilience, supportability and coverage
  • International partnerships as a force multiplier: MOUs with the US and plans for any further leases/partnerships to provide continuity of service
  • 9:50 Canadian MILSATCOM Update

    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Mr Cameron Stoltz, Director Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
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  • Canadian Polar SATCOM project
  • Tactical narrowband SATCOM status
  • Future SATCOM for Canada
  • 10:15 Panel: The Critical Role of MilSatCom in Multi-Domain Integration

  • How will milsatcom underpin the delivery of MDI and the Combat Cloud, ensuring end-to-end operational capability?
  • How will comsatcom augment the milsatcom core?
  • Are step changes in space-based asset technology required?
  • What should industry and nations be doing to drive technology development?
     
  • Mr Alfie Brand

    Mr Alfie Brand, KAM Connectivity, Airbus Defence and Space

    Mr Willy Guilleux

    Mr Willy Guilleux, SVP Global Government Services, Eutelsat
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    10:45 Morning Coffee & Networking Break

    11:15 Leveraging Responsive Space & Rapid Reconstitution to Enable Space Resiliency for Allies

    Mr Stephen Eisele

    Mr Stephen Eisele, Vice President, Business Development, Virgin Orbit
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  • Overview of Virgin Orbit’s Responsive Launch Capabilities
  • Leveraging spaceports to enable space resiliency and fulfil mission CONOPS
  • Collaborating with allies to develop and leverage a Global Space Architecture
  • 11:45 SATCOM in EU Defence

    Mr Holger Lueschow

    Mr Holger Lueschow, Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum, European Defence Agency
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  • SATCOM as Capability Development Priority
  • The strategic environment
  • The two EDA SATCOM services providing projects
  • Future of EDA SATCOM thinking and concept development
  • 12:10 Regaining the Advantage in a Near Peer Environment

    Mr Per Noren

    Mr Per Noren, CEO, Ovzon
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  • A satellite architecture designed to deliver effect to war fighters in a contested, degraded and operationally limited environment
  • End-to-end solution optimized for high mobility and high bandwidth in ultra-small terminals
  • 12:40 NATO SATCOM Capability Modernisation

    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher

    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher, SATCOM Programme Manager, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation
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  • NATO SATCOM Program 2015-2034 - Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
  • NATO Level of Ambition - SATCOM Capability Gap Analysis
  • NATO Warfare Capstone Concept (NWCC) 2040 - The SATCOM Response
  • 13:10 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Hungarian Defence Forces SATCOM Modernisation

    Lieutenant Colonel Attila Horvath

    Lieutenant Colonel Attila Horvath, Branch Head, Satelllite Operations Branch, Hungarian Defence Forces Modernization Institute
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  • The need for tactical SATCOM
  • Selection of L-TAC, exercise Jackal Cave experience
  • Integration into H145M and H225M helicopters
  • Integration into land combat vehicles
  • 14:35 Giving You the Control of your Mission-Critical SATCOM

    Mr Willy Guilleux

    Mr Willy Guilleux, SVP Global Government Services, Eutelsat
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  • Secure access to scarce resources with Eutelsat QUANTUM, the world’s first in-orbit flexsat system directly controlled by the user
  • Agile access with Eutelsat ADVANCE delivering Satellite-Network-as-a-Service, for fully on-demand global satcom services
  • Network hybridisation with Eutelsat and OneWeb, for affordable high throughput solutions complemented with truly low latency services
     
  • 15:05 Romanian Defence Update on SATCOM

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu, Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
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  • General overview and capability requirements review
  • Current situation and prospects of the Romanian MilSatCom Programme
  • Future challenges and short term priorities
  • Cooperation activities and partnerships
  • 15:30 Belgian Defence SATCOM Perspectives

    Commandant Nicolas Gerome

    Commandant Nicolas Gerome, Head of Space Office, Belgium Ministry of Defence
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  • Coping with growing demand in wideband
  • Securing narrowband resources
  • European Protected Waveform
  • 15:55 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

    16:25 Space Delta 8: The US MILSATCOM Operators

    Colonel Matthew Holston

    Colonel Matthew Holston, Commander, Space Delta 8, US Space Force
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  • Space Delta 8 Mission/Organizational Overview
  • Warfighting Imperatives/Future of Space Delta 8
  • Space Delta 8’s role in expanding cooperation to enhance prosperity and security
  • 16:50 Panel: International Architectural Convergence to Guarantee Interoperable SATCOM

  • Architectural convergence across national boundaries: what do we mean, why is it a problem, and why is solving this problem critical for future conflicts in coalition?
  • What incentives would work to align both allies and industry to a fully interoperable, resilient and global architecture?
  • Multinational standards agreements v international partnership agreements: which approach will provide the most benefit? Do we look at a combination of the two, and what contribution does this entail from multinational partners like NATO?
  • Are there drawbacks to full interoperability in our communications systems? What can we do to minimize/mitigate these concerns? 
  • Non-NATO allies: what interoperability considerations have we extended and are these enough in the event of a truly global conflict?
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele , President, EuroDefense - Germany
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    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher

    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher, SATCOM Programme Manager, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation
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    Mr Giovanni Durando

    Mr Giovanni Durando, SATCOM Service Area Owner, NATO Communications and Information Agency
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    Mr Didier Andouche

    Mr Didier Andouche, EU SATCOM Market Program Manager, European Defence Agency
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    Mr Michael Laney

    Mr Michael Laney, Lead, International Engagement for MILSATCOM, Department of the Air Force
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    17:20 Closing Keynote Address: National Space Defense Center—Watch, Warn, Win

    Colonel Scott Brodeur

    Colonel Scott Brodeur, Director of the National Space Defense Center and Joint Task Force-Space Defense Director of Operations, US Space Force
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  • Unprecedented unity of effort with the DOD, IC and NRO in the space domain
  • Threat-focused space domain awareness, enterprise-wide indications and warning and space superiority operations from competition through conflict
  • Integrating systems and capabilities to give combatant command options to protect and defend national, allied and partner space assets
     
  • 17:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Three

    Mr Nigel Chandler

    Mr Nigel Chandler, Key Account Manager, Airbus Defence & Space
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Matthew Holston

    Colonel Matthew Holston

    Commander, Space Delta 8, US Space Force
    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Director Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Commander Marina Ballanger

    Commander Marina Ballanger

    SATCOM & PNT International Affairs, DGA
    Dr Joanna Hart

    Dr Joanna Hart

    Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, UKRI - STFC
    Mr Barry Austin

    Mr Barry Austin

    Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Director Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
    Mr Giovanni Durando

    Mr Giovanni Durando

    SATCOM Service Area Owner, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Mr Kirk Leech

    Mr Kirk Leech

    SATCOM Product Owner, New Zealand Defence Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, Space Systems Command, US Space Force

    Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey

    Commander, UK Space Command
    Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey

    Air Vice Marshal Paul Godfrey OBE, Commander of UK Space Command, was commissioned into the Royal Air Force on 9 May 1991. After serving as a Harrier Jump Jet pilot, he became station commander at RAF Lossiemouth in November 2015. In February 2021 it was announced that he would become the first Commander, United Kingdom Space Command. In taking up the post he was promoted to the rank of Air Vice-Marshal. Godfrey was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours.

    In his most recent role working with the US military, Paul was responsible for the planning and employment of coalition air and space power across the Middle East. Paul has seen first-hand how critical space domain is and how it is crucial to not only defence, but modern day life. This event will give Members the chance to learn more about the plans for this new organisation and how it will fit within the UK’s wider national defence strategy.

    Captain Phil Coope

    Deputy Head Space, Capability C4ISR, UK Strategic Command
    Captain Phil Coope

    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    President, EuroDefense - Germany
    Colonel (Ret'd) Ralph Thiele

    Ralph D. Thiele, is President of EuroDefense, Germany, Chairman Political-Military Society, Germany and Managing Director StratByrd Consulting, Germany.

    In his military career, Ralph Thiele has served in major national and international security and military policy, planning and academic assignments, including on the Planning Staff of the Minister of Defence, in the Private Office of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, as Chief of Staff at the NATO Defense College, as Commander of the Bundeswehr Centre for Transformation and as Director of Teaching at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College. In his honorary and business functions he advices on Defence Innovation to include MilSatCom in times of digital transformation. He has been frequently consulting, publishing and lecturing in Europe, America and Asia.
     

    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins

    Director, Innovations and Partnerships, SaxaVord Spaceport
    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins

    COL (retired) Yvette C. Hopkins is the Director of Innovation & Partnerships with SaxaVord Spaceport focused on the establishment of a Spaceport Complex in Shetland (Vertical Launch & Data services), Global Development, Community outreach, Education, and Innovation.

    Yvette retired to Shetland, Scotland after a 28-year career as a US Military Intelligence officer culminating as the Director of Intelligence for Special Operations Command, Africa; and prior, as a Brigade Commander. A leading innovator in her craft, she has spent her career synchronizing and directing intelligence eco systems and leading teams. Yvette brings her expertise as a Data and Intelligence consumer, and as a collaborative partner to the UK Space Sector.

    Yvette earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, her Master of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies, and an additional Master’s degree in National Security Studies from the National War College. She also has earned certificates in Italian, Signals intelligence, Human intelligence, and in Cyber Advanced Support Operations (CASO). She lives a not-so-quiet life in Shetland.

    Colonel Ed Skelly

    Operations Division Chief, USCENTCOM J6
    Colonel Ed Skelly

    Colonel Ed Skelly is the Operations Division Chief for the CCJ6 Directorate of US Central Command. He was commissioned through ROTC in 1996 as an Army Signal Officer. Colonel Skelly has held a variety of assignments during his 25 years of service: Area Signal Company Executive Officer and Range Extension Platoon Leader for a Mobile Subscriber Equipment Signal Battalion; Signal Battalion HHC Company Commander; S6 for a Military Police Battalion, a Parachute Infantry Battalion, and an Airborne Brigade Combat Team; Division Radio Officer for the 82d Airborne Division; Presidential Communications Officer, White House Communications Agency; Strategic Plans Officer for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul, Afghanistan; Tactics Instructor at the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC); the 7th Infantry Division’s Assistant Chief of Staff G6; and Deputy Brigade Commander for the 160th Signal Brigade. He has served overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

    Colonel Skelly is also a School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) Advanced Strategic Plans and Policy Program (ASP3) Fellow and PhD Candidate in Security Studies with the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, CGSC, and SAMS’s Advanced Military Studies Program. COL Skelly holds master’s degrees from CGSC and Webster University. He is a senior rated parachutist, has received various awards for service, and wears the Presidential Service Badge.

    Ed is married to Eileen Burke Skelly of Metairie, Louisiana. They have four children and call Oviedo, Florida home.

    Colonel Matthew Holston

    Commander, Space Delta 8, US Space Force
    Colonel Matthew Holston

    Col. Matthew E. Holston is the Commander of Delta 8, headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander, he is responsible for more than 1,100 military and Department of Defense civilian personnel serving in five squadrons and one detachment. Delta 8 is responsible for performing around-the-clock global satellite operations on more than 70 satellites across diverse orbital regimes, providing warfighters and other users worldwide with position, navigation and timing capabilities; military satellite communication; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products and environmental and space situational awareness.

    Col. Holston earned his commission in 1999 as a graduate of the University of Illinois ROTC program. He has served in a variety of space operations, engineering, program management and staff duties within Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.

    Prior to his current assignment, he was a student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource
    Strategy. Additionally, he commanded the 45th Launch Support Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, where he led a government team with more than 70 members to provide launch-base mission assurance for space launch vehicles, Department of Defense satellites and critical launch infrastructure.

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Deputy Head of Communications and IT Department, Romanian Defence Staff
    Colonel Mihai Burlacu

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu assumed the current duties as Deputy Chief of Communications and Information Technology Directorate, Romanian Defence Staff, on 15th October 2017.

    In this capacity, he is currently acting as military advisor to the Chief of Defence for planning, strategy, implementation and sustainment of major joint CIS/C4ISR capabilities and other relevant ICT services provided for national, NATO, EU and Coalition Operations and in addition, he is responsible to lead the overall MoD Digital Transformation as CIO.

    Colonel Mihai Burlacu was commissioned with the 48th Signal Regiment in 1985 after he graduated the Signal Officer School.

    He was assigned in various command and staff positions and after the National Defence University graduation in 1993 was appointed with the Communications and Information Systems/CIS Command.

    Since 1997, he undertook different assignments and tasks in CIS Operations and Capability Planning within the J6 General Staff and afterwards between 1998-2001 and 2003-2007 he served as the Romanian C3 Representative to NATO HQ Brussels.

    In 2008 he took over CIS Planning Branch/CIS Directorate and later was appointed the commander of the 48th CIS Centre.
    Between 2016 -2017 he worked for European Union Advisory Mission/EUAM as Senior IT Advisor in Ukraine.
    He is married and has one son.
     

    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Director Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Colonel Ryan Colburn

    Col Ryan M. Colburn is the Director of the Spectrum Warfare Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, California. In this role, he leads a team charged with designing and integrating the United States Space Force’s current and future integrated Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) enterprise architectures. He works with military, commercial, allied and government partners to ensure SMC is able to design, acquire, integrate and field the space systems needed to support today’s warfighters on the battlefield of tomorrow.

    Col Colburn was raised near Sacramento, California and entered the Air Force in 1998 after graduating from Seattle Pacific University and commissioning through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Washington. He has served in various levels of program management, staff and command positions for AFRL, ACC, DCMA, AFMC, SMC and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

    Prior to this position, Col Colburn served as the Support Cell Chief for the Space Development Agency, responsible for the strategy, architecting and acquisition of all space launch services, ground based command and control systems, operational planning and training, and user equipment for the Agency.

    Colonel Scott Brodeur

    Director of the National Space Defense Center and Joint Task Force-Space Defense Director of Operations, US Space Force
    Colonel Scott Brodeur

    Col. Scott D. Brodeur is the Director of the National Space Defense Center and Director of Operations, Joint Task Force Space Defense, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. He ensures synchronization and unified action in the space warfighting domain with mission partners across the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community to conduct space superiority operations in order to deter aggression against the U.S. and allies, to protect and defend space capabilities and to defeat our adversaries throughout the continuum of conflict.

    Colonel Brodeur commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1997. He served in a variety of operational assignments in ICBMs, space electronic warfare, space battle management, space command and control, and he deployed numerous times in support of contingency operations worldwide. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Brodeur commanded the 614th Air Operations Center and Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, California.

    Colonel Brodeur transferred into the U.S. Space Force in December 2020.

    Commandant Nicolas Gerome

    Head of Space Office, Belgium Ministry of Defence
    Commandant Nicolas Gerome

    Commandant Nicolas Gérôme is a telecom engineer from the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. He started his career for the Belgian Air Force in CRC Glons and moved afterwards to the Joint Staff where he managed various projects in C4ISR domain and space remote sensing for the Directorate General Material Resources. He has more than 15 years of experience in Joint and multinational C4ISR Project & Program Management for Belgian Defence and within private sector. After his senior staff officer course, he now works at the Strategy Department an leads the development of military Space-based capabilities.

    Commander Marina Ballanger

    SATCOM & PNT International Affairs, DGA
    Commander Marina Ballanger

    CDT Ballanger is in charge of SATCOM and GNSS international affairs for DGA (French MoD procurement agency) since September 2020. This position consists in supporting cooperations and exportations for both domains. She also manages a national SATCOM project, COMCEPT, which complements Syracuse capability.

    Previously (2017-2020), as DGA lead for navigation expertise, she provided support to armament programs regarding Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT). Other prior assignments includes a position as a Cooperative Program Person at the GPS Directorate (USA) from 2014 to 2017 and several assignments related to GNSS (NAVWAR expert, GNSS projects manager and lead of the radionavigation team at DGA MI, a technical center located in Brittany).

    She has a degree in Electronics and Signal Processing from ENSEEIHT, an engineering school located in Toulouse, France.
     

    Dr Joanna Hart

    Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, UKRI - STFC
    Dr Joanna Hart

    Dr Joanna Hart joined UKRI-STFC in November 2017 as the Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, helping the Harwell Space Cluster to grow. This involves attracting new companies to the Harwell Space Cluster and helping the space companies that already have a presence at Harwell Campus to grow. Joanna is raising the profile of the Cluster internationally, helping build collaborations and working closely with stakeholders across the UK space sector. The Harwell Space Cluster has grown to 105 space organisations collectively employing over 1,100 people (from 80 organisations employing 800 in December 2017).

    Previously, Joanna worked at the Satellite Applications Catapult for four years, as Head of Evaluation and Impact, tracking key performance indicators and understanding the economic impact that Catapult is having on UK space companies, in terms of jobs and revenue growth. Joanna has nine years of experience in equity research at investment banks UBS and Credit Suisse. This involved advising global fund managers to buy and sell shares in European telecoms companies. Joanna holds a DPhil in Particle Physics from the University of Oxford, which involved working on the ZEUS Central Tracking Detector (now a museum piece at the entrance to her office building).

    Dr Mike Baxter

    SATCOM Technical Lead, Spectrum Warfare Division, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Dr Mike Baxter

    Michael Baxter is Principal Director, SATCOM Capability Integration at The Aerospace Corporation supporting the US Space Forces’ Spectrum Warfare Division within Space Systems Command. Michael has more than 30 years experience at Aerospace including in the areas of dynamics and control, astrodynamics, space-based sensors, environmental monitoring, modeling and simulation, communications, operations, model based systems engineering, acquisition, and program management. He has a Doctorate in Engineering Design from the University of Southern California, and a Masters and Bachelors degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. Michael is a former naval reserve officer having served with Naval Air Weapons Center (NAWC) 0276 and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 305.

    Dr Olivia Samardzic

    Minister Counsellor Defence Science and Technology (London & Paris), Australian Department of Defence
    Dr Olivia Samardzic

    Lieutenant Colonel Attila Horvath

    Branch Head, Satelllite Operations Branch, Hungarian Defence Forces Modernization Institute
    Lieutenant Colonel Attila Horvath

    I lead the newest branch within the R&D&I house of the Hungarian Defence Forces. Before that, I served as R&D engineer at the Modernization Institute, as Communication and Information Systems advisor of the Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, as project manager for our force modernization program, CIS systems officer in the General Staff, and systems engineer. I am a telecommunications engineer specialized in SATCOM and microwave.
    I am working on my PhD dissertation at the National University of Public Service, and I am a researcher within the Outer Space and Social Sciences Research Group at NUPS.

    Lieutenant Colonel Collin E.P. Van Loon

    Senior Staff Officer CIS & C4I, Netherlands Force Development Directorate
    Lieutenant Colonel Collin E.P. Van Loon

    LtCol Collin van Loon is Senior Staffofficer at the Netherlands MoD in The Hague within the Directorate of Plans, responsible for projects in the C4I domain. He has held a variety of assignments as a staff officer at the Training Command and Army Staff, as the S6 of 12th Infbn RvH AASLT and had several operational commanding officer assignments. Most recently he was the Battalion Commander of 101 CISBn, before he was the Military Adviser of the NATO SCR at HQ RS in Kabul, Afghanistan. LtCol van Loon contributed in several other missions in Bosnia, among them within 1 (UK) Armd Div at HQ MND (SW).

    LtCol van Loon got a Bachelor degree in Information Management and in 2010 he attended the General Command and Staff College in Oslo, Norway. After that he completed his Master in Military Studies in Oslo as well, followed by an assignment in the Norwegian Army staff in Bardufoss and Oslo for 3 years. LtCol van Loon will from June 2022 be the Commander of the C2 Support Command and Commander of the Netherlands Signals Regiment.
     

    Lieutenant General B. Chance Saltzman

    Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, US Space Force
    Lieutenant General B. Chance Saltzman

    Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman is the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. As the Chief Operations Officer, Lt. Gen. Saltzman has overall responsibility for Operations, Intelligence, Sustainment, Cyber and Nuclear Operations of the United States Space Force.

    Lt. Gen. Saltzman is a graduate of Boston University and was commissioned in 1991. He has operational experience with missile and space systems, as a Minuteman III launch officer, and as a satellite operator for the National Reconnaissance Office. He also served as the first Chief of Combat Plans for the Joint Space Operations Center, and later as Chief of Combat Operations.

    Lt. Gen. Saltzman has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels including the 614th Space Operations Squadron and 1st Space Control Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; the 460th Operations Group at Buckley AFB, Colorado; and the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, Aurora, Colorado. Prior to his current position, Lt. Gen. Saltzman was the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.

    Major General David Miller

    Director of Operations, Training, and Joint Force Development J3/7, US Space Command
    Major General David Miller

    Maj. Gen. David N. Miller Jr is the Director of Operations, Training, and Force Development (J3/7), Headquarters United States Space Command. U.S. Space Command is one of 11 Unified Commands under the Department of Defense and is responsible for deterring conflict, defending U.S. and Allied freedom of action in the space area of operations, delivering combat-relevant space capability to the joint/combined force, and developing space forces to advance U.S. and Allied interests in, through and from the space domain. As the J3/7, he is responsible for executing full-spectrum space operations, maintaining credible space deterrence capabilities, providing analytical planning support, combatant command’s participation in joint and combined exercises, and for the education, training, and assessments of assigned and attached space forces.

    Maj. Gen. Miller commissioned in 1993 and is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has operational experience across space power disciplines and has held a range of operational leadership and staff positions. During his career, Maj. Gen. Miller has commanded America’s Airmen and Guardians at the squadron, group and wing levels including the 2nd Range Operations Squadron, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; the 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado; and the 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Prior to his current position, Maj. Gen. Miller was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber and Nuclear, United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, VA.

    Mr Alfie Brand

    KAM Connectivity, Airbus Defence and Space
    Mr Alfie Brand

    Mr Andreas Hutzenlaub

    NSII Service Line Chief, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Mr Andreas Hutzenlaub

    Mr Andreas Hutzenlaub, has served NATO for over a decade, and is the Chief of the NSII Service Line within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency).

    His mission is to enable secure and resilient Transmission, Local Area Network (LAN), and Networks services worldwide. His team supports deployed operations and exercises for NATO Joint Forces, as well as political consultations between NATO Headquarters and Nations.

    In his current post, he is accountable for the strategy, planning and execution of all lifecycle management activities enabling the NATO NSII Services world-wide.

    He is Executive for the NSII Portfolio of programmes, projects and services with an investment volume of over EUR 2Billion for the next decade, covering service areas such as SATCOM, Wireless & Maritime communications, NATO Static Networks as well as Deployable Communications related to NATO Operations and Exercises.

    He leads a team of 300+ highly skilled and motivated professionals geographically distributed over 15 locations world-wide, a multicultural diverse team including NATO civilians, military and contractors.

    Prior to Mr Hutzenlaub’ s appointment as Chief NSII, he also served in NCI Agency as Deputy Service Line Chief, Head of Acquisition Management Office, and Principal Officer for Acquisition Integrated Logistics Support (ILS).

    Mr Hutzenlaub began his career as Software Developer with Institute for Aviation, Technical University Berlin as Software Engineering, and then he worked as Project Manager with Avitec GmbH.

    After graduating from Technical University Berlin as Master of Science of Communication Networks and Software Engineering, he worked with T-Systems GEI International GmbH as Senior Project Manager, Senior Consultant, and Senior Service Delivery Manager.

    In 2007, Mr Hutzenlaub moved from industry to NATO, when he was engaged as Principal Programme Manager, and later as Principal Project Manager with NC3A Agency.

    Mr Hutzenlaub is married with two children. He has enjoyed playing football in the national amateur league in Germany.

    Mr Barry Austin

    Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
    Mr Barry Austin

    Barry Austin joined the Ministry of Defence in 1984, with the expectation that it would be a short term appointment until something better came along. Having started work in the Central Accounting and Finance Teams, he was subsequently promoted to Executive Officer (Information Technology) and posted to the IT development team responsible for designing and implementing MOD’s New Management Strategy (NMS) – which oversaw the introduction of the TLB approach to managing Defence. Subsequent postings in IT Project Management took him to Worcester and then RAF Henlow where he became the Data and Integration Manager for the RAF’s enterprise Logistics Information system. Having gone through the Defence Finance Accountancy Training Scheme, he felt it was time to return to his core financial roots and was posted to HMNB Clyde as the Finance and Business Manager for the Facilities and Naval Base Design Authority Directorate. This then led to a return to the Air Environment where he became the Financial Planning manager for the Equipment Support Programme within the Defence Logistics Organisations. Having heard the plaintiff cries of IT once again, he returned to the world of Logistics Information Systems. Initially as the Business and Transformation Manager within the Logistics Applications Project Team and after successfully completing the MOD Assessment Centre he became the Assistant Head of the newly created Logistics Networked Enabled Capability (Log NEC) Team. Having navigated the team through Main Gate approval for the Future Logistics Information Services (FLIS) partnership, he was promoted to Deputy Head of Log NEC with responsibility for Programme and Performance Management. Having commuted between Somerset and Abbey Wood for several years, he seized on the opportunity to become the Deputy Team Leader for the Networks Delivery Team within the Information Systems and Services (ISS) organisation. In 2017 he became the acting Team Leader on temporary promotion to the Senior Civil Service and was subsequently appointed as the SKYNET 6 Acquisition Programme Manager in August In January 2019, the MOD decided to join together the SKYNET 5 In-Service Delivery Programme and the SKYNET 6 Acquisition Programme to create a unified SATCOM Programme within ISS, which he now leads. In his spare time, he likes to read history, travel and avoid anything too strenuous. In addition, he continues to wonder whether the Civil Service will provide a meaningful and long term career.

    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Director Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Colonel Cam Stoltz enrolled in the Canadian Forces as a Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air) Officer. His postings include the Aerospace Maintenance Development Unit in Trenton, engineering and project support positions in Ottawa, and A6 of 1 Canadian Air Division and Canadian NORAD Region (Winnipeg). Senior staff positions at National Defence Headquarters include Director Strategic Communication Services and Director Air Support.

     

    Colonel Stoltz has served as Commanding Officer of 8 Air Communications and Control Squadron (Trenton) and Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment (Kingston). He also commanded the Operation APOLLO National Command Control and Information Systems Squadron in Camp Mirage.

     

    In 2017, Colonel Stoltz was posted to his current position as Director Space Requirements. Colonel Stoltz holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Canadian Military College of Canada, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Ottawa, and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

    Mr David Pile

    Regional Director Europe & MENA, Northrop Grumman Space
    Mr David Pile

    David Pile is the Northrop Grumman Space Director for the UK, Europe and MENA region. Northrop Grumman’s space mission expertise is extensive, we know our customers well, and our capabilities are unmatched - this is what allows us to provide reliable, agile, and affordable space solutions to solve our customers’ toughest problems. With world-leading solutions, such as our Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV), David works with our customers and suppliers to develop innovative and value for money solutions to address their requirements.

    Mr Didier Andouche

    EU SATCOM Market Program Manager, European Defence Agency
    Mr Didier Andouche

    Didier ANDOUCHE joined the European Defence Agency on 1 July 2021 as Programme Manager for EU SatCom Market (ESM) Project.

    In this position he is responsible for the management of ESM, a two folded project aiming to deliver Satcom and CIS solutions to EDA’s participating member states and EU civilian and military missions and operations in the frame of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy.

    An engineer by education, Didier worked in several IT related posts in the French Land forces, EU, and NATO, including operational deployments in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Africa. Before joining the EDA, he was in the French MoD responsible for the digital policy in the division for digital strategy of the armed forces.

    Mr Etienne Boucharlat

    Technical Deputy Director, Thales Six Gts France SAS
    Mr Etienne Boucharlat

    Etienne BOUCHARLAT is Technical Deputy Director for Milsatcom and tactical networks at Thales SIX GTS France. Etienne is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique where he received an Advanced MSc. in Science and Engineering in 1996.

    After graduation, Etienne began his career in electromechanical hydropower and dam engineering. He then joined the French Alstom group where he managed railway signaling and control systems projects in Asia. In this position, he managed international teams in charge of high-tech solution engineering, integration and software development. Etienne then joined the Thales group in 2005 to work on a cellular highly secured telephony project for French governmental and defense use. He went on to conduct business development in Middle East and Asia of C4I systems for military forces. He extended his expertise on large bids for tactical radio communications and military satellite communication before holding his current position. He today manages a group of Satcom experts working for major bids and projects, oversees the technical development of the military Satcom ground segment product line and actively participates to the business development of the Thales System 21 offering.

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Head of Space and Cyber Departement, Luxembourg Directorate of Defense
    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot

    Mr Geoffroy Beaudot joined the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs - Directorate of Defence of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in May 2016 in order to develop Space programs, including mainly Satellite Communications and Earth
    Observation systems. He currently the Head of ‘SPACE and CYBER’ Office at the Directorate of Defence and represents Luxembourg in different European initiatives (at EDA, ESA or EU Commission level) and is the national representative for the NATO SatCom capability team meetings. He is also engaged in many bilateral developments
    with NATO Allies.

    As Head of Office, he advises the Minister of Defence and his Chief of Staff on numerous occasions when meeting international leaders and stakeholders from different sectors.

    He started his career in 1996 as Offcier in the Belgian Ministry of Defence and in 2002, his first position was Head of a Network Supervision team. In 2007, he started managing the service in charge of the satellite communication hub for the Belgian MoD. After three years in this function, he became SatCom Program Manager for the Belgian Defence. In 2012, after a one-year staff course, he joined the 4th Group Communications and Information Systems as Officer ‘Operations & Training’. In 2015, he became Major (OF-3) and went back to the procurement service of the Belgian Defence as Head of the Cell C³ Platforms Integration.

    Mr Beaudot attended the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium and graduated with a Master of Engineering, Telecommunications. He is born in 1978, is married with three children. He grew up in Belgium, used to practice sports and is an active member of the scout movement.

    Mr Giovanni Durando

    SATCOM Service Area Owner, NATO Communications and Information Agency
    Mr Giovanni Durando

    Giovanni joined the IT Navy in 1974, when he was admitted at the NAVAL ACADEMY – Italian Officer Naval School in Livorno.

    He has obtained his Doctorate and Master Degree in Electronic Engineering, from PISA UNIVERSITY. He retired as Rear Admiral from the IT Navy in 2013 after his full career (including technical, operational and procurement assignments).

    He then joined NATO Information and Communication Agency - NCIA - where since 1 January 2016 he is the SATCOM Area Owner and SATCOM Programme Manager. In this role, he is responsible for both the delivery of SATCOM Services to NATO Commands and for the developing the new projects for the next 15 years. In this challenging role he is, in particular, responsible for the implementation of the Satellite Communication Transmissions Services Capability Package (CP 130), that worth about 1.5 B€.
     

    Mr Gus Anderson

    Director of Business Development, Leonardo DRS
    Mr Gus Anderson

    Gus Anderson served in the U.S. Army for 29 years as a Telecommunications Corps officer. During that period he commanded numerous tactical and strategic communications organizations, to include the 509th Signal Battalion, Vicenza, Italy, and the Regional Signal Group SHAPE, NATO HQ (Belgium). During his military career he also served as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, and as the military speechwriter for two Secretaries of Defense. He retired as a Colonel in 2008.

    Currently Gus Anderson leads DRS' Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) business development organization. Gus has been with DRS for 10 years. His initial assignments were as a program manager, overseeing satellite networks supporting NATO forces in the Balkans; Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan; and networks supporting other U.S. Federal and International agencies. In the past several years, Gus' efforts have turned to business development, helping grow customer and market understanding of DRS' Information and Communications Technology Ecosystem - a global network that provides secure managed satellite and terrestrial services to major DoD, US Federal, and international agencies.

    Mr Holger Lueschow

    Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum, European Defence Agency
    Mr Holger Lueschow

    Holger Lueschow joined the European Defence Agency on 1 July 2016 as Programme Manager Satellite Communication and Project Officer Radio Spectrum.

    n this position he is responsible for the Agency’s SatCom related activities including the EU SatCom Market and the EDA GOVSATCOM Pooling and Sharing Demonstration project - for the latter, Holger has chaired the respective Ad-Hoc Working Group establishing the Project Arrangement and keeps close links to the European Commission and to ESA. He is chairman of the EDA Project Team Satellite Communication (PT SatCom) bringing together the SatCom experts of the EDA Member States.

    An engineer by education, Holger worked in several IT and Radio Spectrum related posts in the German Air Force and NATO, including a tour in the Air Component Command in Izmir, Turkey. Before joining the EDA, he was six years in the German MoD responsible for the German SatComBw Stage 2 programme and as well for the Spectrum Policy of the Bundeswehr
     

    Mr James Shaw

    Director, Government Solutions, Telesat Government Solutions
    Mr James Shaw

    James “J.J” Shaw, CDR (Ret.) U.S. Navy, is currently the Director, Government Solutions, Telesat U.S. Services. He retired as Branch Head of Satellite and Tactical Communications, OPNAV N6, in 2004, after bringing commercial C-band (CNO Special Project “Challenge Athena”) and Inmarsat L-band leases to the Fleet.

    He subsequently worked for Inmarsat Government Solutions; O3b Networks; and joined Telesat U.S. Services in 2019 to help stand-up the Government Solutions Team.

    Mr Jassem Nasser

    Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Thuraya
    Mr Jassem Nasser

    As Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Jassem Nasser steers Thuraya’s vision and mission, and heads the company’s strategic, marketing and change management initiatives. In his current role, Jassem is responsible for corporate strategy, product management, business development and marketing development activities. He explores and leads new ventures outside Thuraya’s core MSS business through partnerships and alliances.

    Prior to his current assignment, Jassem led Thuraya’s Strategy and Business Development streams as Chief Strategy Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in the satellite industry, imparting strategic direction and overseeing functions including business development, market intelligence, spectrum management and regulatory affairs. Jassem’s engineering background and expertise have been applied to a business environment that specializes in satellite communication technologies and other radio communication systems. He was actively involved in setting up and managing Thuraya as a start-up satellite organization, and was thereafter part of its various stages of development by formulating plans, priorities and executing on strategic directions and business initiatives.

    Jassem graduated with first class honors from the UAE’s Khalifa University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications engineering.

    Mr Kirk Leech

    SATCOM Product Owner, New Zealand Defence Force
    Mr Kirk Leech

    Kirk joined the Royal Navy in 1989 as a young Communication Warfare Specialist. 22 years of service would see him serve on numerous Warships conducting operational deployments to the Middle East, South Atlantic, Black Sea, West Indies and within various UK and NATO Headquarters.

    In 2011 Kirk left the Royal Navy and joined the Royal New Zealand Navy. Whilst serving in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Kirk would take on positions in the Defence Communications Station Devonport, HMNZS Wellington, Satellite Networking Operations Centre (SATNOC) as the Operations Manager and finally as the lead CIS Operations Planner at the HQ Deployable Joint Inter Agency Task Force (DJIATF).

    In 2018 and on retirement from uniform service Kirk returned to the SATNOC as the lead planner for all MilSAT and COMSAT operations.

    February 2021 saw Kirk take up the newly established role of the NZDF SATCOM Product Owner.

    Kirk knows the importance of ensuring the NZDF is smart and creative about how it uses finite resources to provide secure and reliable communications for deployed military operations. He sees that it is imperative to provide a Networked Connected Force with robust satellite communications, whether it be via Military or Commercial means within the wide ranging and sparsely populated areas of NZDF operations.
     

    Mr Koen Willems

    Head International Government Market and Strategy, ST Engineering iDirect
    Mr Koen Willems

    Koen Willems has +20 years’ experience working in different technology industries. Before joining ST Engineering iDirect (formerly known as Newtec) he was Product Marketing Manager for Europe at the electronics giant TOSHIBA. Currently Willems is Head of International Government Market & Strategy with focus on the global government, defense and humanitarian satcom markets at ST Engineering iDirect. In this role Willems is in charge of developing and defining the company’s strategy for the government and defense market worldwide as well as supporting large programs.

    Willems has a master's degree in English & Scandinavian Languages (University Ghent, Belgium, 1997) and a master's degree in Marketing Strategy and Management (Vlekho Business School in Brussels, 1998).

    More recently Koen received the degree for ‘High Studies in Security and Defence’ at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence as well as the degree for the SERA program (European Session for Armament Officials) which focusses on European defence acquisition regulation, challenges and procedures at the French National Institute of Higher Defense in Paris.

    You may know Koen as a technology and thought leadership evangelist through his regular appearance in editorials in satellite focused publications, white papers and speaking slots at government and defence oriented conferences around the world.
     

    Mr Mark Lambert

    President, Kratos Communications
    Mr Mark Lambert

    Mark Lambert is President of Kratos Communication Ltd, the UK-based satellite communications business of Kratos, which provides integrated ground systems using both Kratos and 3rd party technologies.

    His recent activities have included support for Kratos’ activities to transform satellite ground systems to the digital domain; helping to shape Kratos response to various recent national defence satellite programs; and the design and delivery of ground systems for satellite control and data networking (typically in the Ka and Q/V bands).

    Mr Lambert has been working in the satellite industry for over 20 years, with responsibilities that have spanned marketing; business development and business management, in the areas of sub-system products and system engineering. Prior to working for Kratos, he worked for several technology consultancies and product organizations, developing high performance communication and processing solutions for Commercial and Defence markets. He holds Master’s degrees in Marketing; Business; and Systems Engineering.
     

    Mr Michael Laney

    Lead, International Engagement for MILSATCOM, Department of the Air Force
    Mr Michael Laney

    Mr. Michael “Mike” T. Laney is a Department of the Air Force Civilian working as the Lead on International Engagement for Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) under the Space Division for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Mr. Laney oversees the development of cooperative agreements in MILSATCOM including wideband, narrowband, and protected satellite communications.

    Mr. Laney enlisted in the United States Army June 1989, later graduating from the United States Military Academy June 1995. He continued serving on active duty in the United States Army as a commissioned officer until June 2004. His active duty experiences included multiple overseas assignments and deployments in Europe with frequent contact with host nation government representatives as a Military Police Officer. Upon separation from the Army, he continued to serve overseas as a Department of the Army Civilian -- first as a Host Nation Liaison Officer, then later as a Government Relations Advisor in Belgium. Upon returning from his last overseas assignment in 2011, Mr. Laney transferred to the Department of the Air Force as an International Relations Specialist.
     

    Mr Michael Nichols

    Chief, Commercial SATCOM Solutions Branch, SSC, US Space Force
    Mr Michael Nichols

    Mr Mike Dean

    DoD SATCOM Chief, US DOD CIO
    Mr Mike Dean

    Mike Dean is the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Division Chief for C3 Infrastructure Directorate of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications (C3), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer. As DoD SATCOM Chief, he provides technical expertise, oversight and broad guidance on policy, programmatic and technical issues relating to DoD SATCOM to integrate and synchronize defense-wide communications programs and achieve the DoD’s Digital Modernization Strategy initiatives. He also advises on efforts to achieve and maintain information dominance through DoD SATCOM for the Department of Defense. He manages efforts defining DoD policies and strategies for design, architecture, interoperability standards, capability development and sustainment of DoD SATCOM and serves as the DoD CIO’s focal point for international partnership activities in SATCOM to include the NATO SATCOM Services 6th Generation (NSS6G) activities.

    Mike’s DoD SATCOM division also maintains synchronization architecture roadmaps and employs various governance forums to synchronize end to end SATCOM activities, including the SATCOM Synchronization and Integration Workshop and the SATCOM Systems Engineering Group.

    Before joining federal government service, Mike served as a career Army Signal Corps and Cyberspace officer for more than 27 years (including multiple command positions and multiple combat deployments within the 82d Airborne Division as well as serving as the Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J6). Following his military career, Mike served as a defense contractor for in multiple roles supporting the DoD CIO in satellite communications and information enterprise management. Mike’s most notable role in DoD SATCOM is the development of the Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control Reference Architecture published in 2019 by the DoD to describe the building code for DoD enterprise SATCOM modernization.

    Mike Dean holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from Western International University and a Master of Arts in History from Western Illinois University

    Mr Nick Shave

    Vice President Strategic Programmes, Inmarsat
    Mr Nick Shave

    Nick is a member of the leadership team within Inmarsat’s Global Government business unit, providing satellite communications services to support the missions of over 80 governments around the world including all “5-Eyes” and NATO nations. At Inmarsat, Nick is responsible for engagement with senior government customers and the delivery of government strategic programmes around the world. These programmes include satellite communications services for critical public safety applications. Nick has led a distinguished career of 25 years in the European space industry in leading roles on a number of programmes such as the UK MOD Skynet military satcom system and the EU Galileo satnav programme. In July 2020, Nick was appointed Chair of UKspace, the trade association representing the British space industry. In this role, he works across government, industry, academia, and with other international space agencies to promote the UK space sector.

    Mr Nigel Chandler

    Key Account Manager, Airbus Defence & Space
    Mr Nigel Chandler

    Nigel joined Airbus in 2012. He is Key Account Manager for the maritime domain and is leading Airbus’ campaign for the next generation of UK Military Satellite Communications. He has previously held a number of sales leadership and Key Account Management roles across the Defence & Space business.

    Based in Portsmouth, he is able to draw on industrial expertise from across the Airbus portfolio to support his role. These include UK national programmes such as Skynet, the Zephyr solar powered stratospheric aircraft, and a growing number of innovative space activities.

    Before joining Airbus, Nigel enjoyed 27 years’ service as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy, serving at sea and ashore in a range of command and staff appointments. These included operational deployments to the Middle East and Africa and periods spent with NATO, US and NL led staffs. A graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course and a C4ISR specialist, he complemented his operational experience with a rewarding appointment to MOD as Joint User for MilSatcom.

    Nigel maintains a keen interest in international relations and maritime affairs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol and a Master’s degree from Kings College London in Defence Studies.

    Married and living on the South Coast of the UK with his family, he enjoys getting on the water whenever possible, skiing and cycling around Hampshire and West Sussex.

    Mr Patrick Biewer

    CEO, GovSat
    Mr Patrick Biewer

    Patrick Biewer is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GovSat. He reports directly to the GovSat Board of Directors, and is in charge of all GovSat business activities, building customer relationships with international institutions such as the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Patrick has held a number of executive positions since he joined SES in 1993, including Managing Director of SES Broadband Services (SBBS). He is a Luxembourg national, and was educated in France and the UK. He holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from Université de Nancy and an MBA from the Open University.

    Mr Patrick H. Rayermann

    SATCOM Systems Engineer, supporting U.S. DoD Chief Information Officer, LinQuest Corporation
    Mr Patrick H. Rayermann

    Pat Rayermann worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while earning a BS in physics and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In the Army for 30 years, he was a Signal Officer and a Space Operations Officer. His assignments included command, operations, logistics, cooperative international efforts, acquisition and policy development, to include serving as the second commander of the 1st Satellite Control Battalion, management of the military’s use of military and commercial wideband SATCOM, and stewardship of the DoD’s future SATCOM architecture. Since retiring, Pat has worked in a variety of positions in the SATCOM community. Most recently, he has supported the U.S. DoD Chief Information Officer where he has been involved in a wide range of SATCOM-related initiatives, including the NATO SATCOM Services 6th Generation program.

    Mr Per Noren

    CEO, Ovzon
    Mr Per Noren

    Per Norén became Ovzon’s CEO in May 2021 after a distinguished career and experience in leading international high-tech and high-growth companies and organizations mainly in the aerospace and transportation industry.

    Ovzon is a fast-growing company specializing in unique solutions for mobile broadband via satellite. The company delivers the highest bandwidth through the smallest terminals. Ovzon’s SATCOM-as-a-Service solutions meets the growing demand for global connectivity for customers with the highest performance requirements including Government, Defense, Emergency Services (Police, Public Safety, Fire Brigades etc.) Mariners, Media and NGOs.

    Before joining Ovzon Mr. Norén served as President of the Anuvu Group (Global Eagle), a leader in satellite connectivity solutions for the aviation, maritime, land, government, defense, and oil & gas industries. Prior to joining the Anuvu Group Mr. Norén held several senior executive positions for 10 years at The Boeing Company, including as Vice President Digital Aviation, Vice President Information Services and Managing Director Air Traffic Management and Environmental strategy.

    Earlier was Mr. Norén the President and CEO of Carmen Systems for 10 years. Carmen Systems was a fast-growing technology, analytics and software company for the aerospace, aviation, transportation and logistics industries.

    Mr. Norén graduated from the Swedish Military Academy and the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law at The University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He also earned a degree from the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, MA, USA

    Mr Philippe Glaesener

    SVP, Sales, Global Government, SES
    Mr Philippe Glaesener

    Philippe is the Senior Vice President, Global Government for SES and is responsible for leading SES’ Global Government team in executing on strategic sales goals for global government customers around the globe.

    In this role, he currently manages a unique customer set with defense, security, diplomatic, humanitarian as well as institutional connectivity needs and addresses key opportunities across the current and future GEO and MEO SES fleet as well as on the GovSat-1 military frequency satellite asset, GovSat-1.

    Prior to this, Philippe led SES' Corporate Development activities and endorsed the responsibility of all related major opportunities and projects for SES worldwide.

    With his more than 25 years of experience in satellite communications and building on an extensive know-how in dealing with business diversification, related products and services as well as commercialisation matters, he has also been one of the cornerstones for forging SES' entry into the governmental, defence and institutional arena over the last years.

    As part of his earlier assignments, Philippe has successfully implemented many other SES projects and also actively driven some of SES' past mergers & acquisitions activities.

    Mr Richard Franklin

    UK Managing Director, Airbus Defence & Space
    Mr Richard Franklin

    Richard is responsible for the Airbus Defence and Space lead business, Secure Communications, responsible for delivering connectivity build, operations and services. With satellite communications as its backbone, and defence customers at its core, solutions are increasingly focused on the integration of all critical communications for clients that demand the highest availability and security. Prior to joining Airbus in November 2015, Richard was the Commercial and Strategy Director and G4S, and prior to that held positions at both QinetiQ and Cable and Wireless. Richard is a keen cyclist, and winter sports enthusiast.

    Mr Rick Lober

    General Manager/Vice President Defense & Intelligence Systems, Hughes
    Mr Rick Lober

    Rick Lober, vice president and general manager, at Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), leads the company’s Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD), applying the company’s advanced SATCOM technologies and services to serve the needs of U.S. and allied defense and intelligence organizations worldwide. Mr. Lober’s expertise includes fixed VSAT and Mobilesat systems, network management solutions, ground and airborne communications on the move, and classified development programs.

    Mr. Lober’s leadership at Hughes has resulted in the Defense team’s rapid growth over recent years. This expansion includes wins on major programs such as an upgraded, interoperable SATCOM for the General Atomics Predator UAV, mission management solutions for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command’s Protected Tactical Enterprise System (PTES) and its Enterprise Management and Control (EMC) program, and the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques for the U.S. Army’s Narrowband SATCOM network. The Division has also developed specialized terminals to meet requirements for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

    Mr. Lober has over 25 years of experience with both COTS-based and full MIL communications and intelligence products, systems and major programs starting as a design engineer and progressing to a senior P&L executive. Mr. Lober earned a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Electrical Engineering from University Illinois, Urbana, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, TEC, IEEE, AFCEA, AUSA, AAAA, AUVSI and the Society of Satellite Professionals. He also holds a patent on cellular communications for emergency response.

    Mr Ron Burch

    Director, Advanced MILSATCOM, Boeing
    Mr Ron Burch

    Mr. Burch is the Director of Advanced MILSATCOM for the Boeing Space and Launch Group located in El Segundo, CA, U.S.A. He has worked for over a decade to develop advanced resilient MILSATCOM systems, architectures, and solutions for the U.S. Government and international allies.

    Mr. Burch joined Hughes Space & Communications as a Member of the Technical Staff in 1982 as an RF design engineer. Later assignments included subsystem engineering, project engineering, and ultimately project management. Boeing acquired Hughes, and from 1999 through 2002 Mr. Burch was the program manager for the Interim Polar EHF program, responsible for the delivery of two EHF communications payloads to the U.S. Navy. Subsequent assignments have included MILSATCOM systems development, as well as acting as both line manager and IPT lead for the development of laser communications (Lasercom) systems for space for the U.S. Air Force’s Transformational Satellite (TSAT) program (2004 – 2009). For the past 8 years Mr. Burch has been developing and evaluating new MILSATCOM solutions to provide resilience to emerging threats. In 2019 his book, “Resilient Space Systems Design: An Introduction,” was published. He is named on two U.S. patents.

    Mr. Burch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fresno in 1982 and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in communications science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1984.

    Mr Stephane Londres

    Military Solutions Manager, Secure Communications, Airbus Defence & Space
    Mr Stephane Londres

    Stéphane is currently the Military Solutions Manager responsible for the Next UHF solution together with developing new and innovative solutions to support customers missions. Before this role, Stéphane has been Head of Service Management, Engineering and Operations delivering services to French and European customers.

    Prior to joining Airbus in 2012, Stéphane was the Chief Operations Officer at SPIE Communications. Stéphane has also held Service Management roles at Nortel Networks.

    Stéphane studied at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (l’INSA).

    In addition to spending time with his family Stéphane enjoys tennis and hiking.

    Mr Stephen Eisele

    Vice President, Business Development, Virgin Orbit
    Mr Stephen Eisele

    As Vice President of Business Development at Virgin Orbit, Stephen Eisele is responsible for leading all sales and the strategies around business efforts and advanced concepts. His primary focus is to engage with the civil, commercial and new space small satellite community as well as lead Virgin Orbit’s growth opportunities through strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Virgin Orbit, Eisele served as a senior business development executive for Surrey Satellite Technology US, where he was responsible for engaging with commercial and government customers and collaborating with them on advancing their key programs from subsystems to platforms and mission fulfillment. He also helped lead Surrey’s business growth opportunities through strategic partnerships, enterprise marketing, and advancing new space technology and innovation developed from within the company’s core offerings.

    Stephen previously served as vice president of Space Services Inc, a commercial space holdings and investment company, where he managed multi-million dollar companies and start-ups; served as head of sales and marketing for Excalibur Almaz (EA), an international space exploration company created to provide routine, affordable access to and from space; and also worked as the marketing coordinator for the X PRIZE Foundation's Google Lunar Lander Challenge in 2007. Prior to working with entrepreneurial aerospace firms, Stephen worked as a senior analyst for DFI International (now Avascent Group) in Washington, DC, managing and researching numerous projects for Fortune 100 aerospace and defense firms.

    Stephen holds a bachelor of arts in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University and a master of arts in international economics and strategic studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received the William C. Foster Award for “sound scholarship and a record of distinguished service and leadership.” He also holds a master's certificate from the International Space University in space business.

    Mr Willy Guilleux

    SVP Global Government Services, Eutelsat
    Mr Willy Guilleux

    With more than 25 years of experience in both telecommunications and space business, Willy Guilleux joined the Global Government Services Business Line of Eutelsat in 2016 after spending 7 years as Head of the Western Europe Sales and Business Development for the Communications, Intelligence and Security Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space.

    Prior to joining Airbus Defence and Space, Willy spent 9 years at Arianespace, the European space launch services provider, where he was Marketing Director in charge of marketing, business development and market analysis within the Commercial Directorate of Arianespace.

    Willy also worked for 6 years within Lucent Technologies in its Wireless Access Systems Business Unit. He held numerous commercial and field operations positions in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, where he also led Technical Sales Support teams for delivering offers to telecommunication operators in these regions.

    Graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from Telecom Bretagne in Brest, France, and post-graduated in Radio Telecommunications from ETSIT in Barcelona, Spain, Willy also has a Master of Science degree in EEA (Electronics - Electricity - Automatism) from Rennes I University, France, as well as a Certification in Business Financing from HEC Business School in Jouy-en-Josas, France.

    Ms Andrea Loper

    Business Manager, RV International Point of Contact, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Ms Andrea Loper

    Ms. Loper presently serves as the Program Manager for Future Space Communications (FSC) Program at the Space Vehicles Directorate at Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The FSC portfolio of space technology investments support innovation in interconnectivity, resiliency, flexibility, and interaction across communication architectures to provide U.S. forces with ubiquitous connectivity in all five domains (land, sea, air, space and cyberspace). In addition, she serves on the AFRL/RV Futures Group assessing and advising on innovation across the space enterprise and contributing to AFRL’s science and technology strategy for 2060. Ms. Loper possess over 12 years of Program Management experience across the space enterprise. From 2009 – 2013, she served as the program integrator and segments lead for the U.S. DoD Enhanced Polar Protected SatComm System and returned to SATCOM in the Wideband Program Office in 2016. She joined the U.S. Government as a Presidential Management Fellow 2008 at the Space and Missile System Center in Los Angeles from a 6-year position in Germany, where she managed operations in Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq as a support services contractor.

    Ms Becky Swanborough

    Space International Partnering, Capabilty C4ISR, UK Strategic Command
    Ms Becky Swanborough

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief Partnership Officer, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms. Deanna L. Ryals is the Chief Partnership Officer, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles, AFB CA. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative partnerships with Allies, Inter-Agencies and Industry to build a joint robust and resilient military space enterprise.

    Previously as the Chief, MILSATCOM International at SMC, her major contributions included creating partnerships with nine allies (the largest USAF International Armaments Cooperative Program for a space capability) across the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program, expanding the constellation with two Allied funded satellites, and enhancing the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite program by including five international partners, all resulting in execution of over $3.6B in international partner investment in MILSACTOM. Ms. Ryals was also responsible for innovating the first ever Allied hosting of a US DoD National Security Space (NSS) payload through a partnership with Norway, and bringing new polar MILSATCOM to Allied warfighters.

    In 1988, she entered federal government service and for more than 25 years, she supported the DoD in both civil service and industry in financial management and acquisition. In 2000, Ms. Ryals moved to the Secretary of the Air Force staff in the Space Acquisition Directorate and managed a MILSATCOM terminal portfolio worth $10B, then took over as the single SAF/AQS focal point for international activities. In 2012, Ms. Ryals moved to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space Launch (AFPEO/SL) as the PM for Acquisition Strategy Development and secured DoD Acquisition Executive approval of a new acquisition strategy for future DoD NSS launches that introduced a competitive environment for all certified U.S. launch service providers. Ms. Ryals rejoined MILSATCOM in January 2013 with her transition to Space and Missile Systems Center.

    Ms Kay Sears

    Military Space Vice President & General Manager, Lockheed Martin Space
    Ms Kay Sears

    Ms Stacy Kubicek

    Mission Solutions Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Space
    Ms Stacy Kubicek

    Professor Andy Sutton

    Principal Architect, Mobile Backhaul and 5G, BT
    Professor Andy Sutton

    Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Networks. He is responsible for 4G LTE and 5G radio access network architecture and x-haul connectivity strategy, including the use of satellite communications for mobile backhaul. Andy has 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry, he holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford, is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the BCS, IET and ITP. Andy holds the posts of Visiting Professor with the University of Liverpool and University of Salford and sits on the editorial board of the ITP Journal. Andy is currently working on RAN architecture evolution (including C-RAN and Open RAN), terrestrial and satellite integration, and mission critical networks (including 5G Private Networks). In addition to his day job, Andy is a Specialist Reserve Officer serving with Specialist Group Information Services (SGIS) within 13 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals. Andy has co-authored four books on a range of telecommunications topics and is currently working on a fifth book, on 5G fronthaul and backhaul networks.

    Senior Representative

    Name To Be Confirmed, Viasat
    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative

    Name To Be Confirmed, UK Strategic Command
    Senior Representative

    Squadron Leader Mike Brydon

    SKYNET 6 - Requirements, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
    Squadron Leader Mike Brydon

    Squadron Leader Mike Brydon is the SO2 Requirements Manager for Skynet 6 working for UK Strategic Command through the Space Capability Planning Group.

    He was born in Dingwall, Scotland and joined the RAF in 1986 as a Direct Entrant Airfield Technician and after basic training he spent 18 months technical training at No1 Radio School RAF Locking. His operational career began at Test Equipment Wing, RAF Henlow in 1987. In Sept 1991 he spent 4 months as the Communications JNCO at 303SU Mount Kent, Falkland Islands before being posted to Butcher Radar RAF Belize as resident Airfield Communications and Radar JNCO in 1992. Following a short spell at Comms and Engineering Flight, RAF Wittering, he began undergraduate training at The Department of Specialist Ground Training Cranwell; upon successful completion, he commenced undergraduate studies at Royal Military College of Science. After Shrivenham he spent 12 months at RAF Cranwell undergoing Initial Officer Training and Engineering Officer Training. His first tour as an engineering officer began in 1997 in Space Operations at 1001 SU, RAF Oakhanger. Following a fruitful tour as a Cat 1 Space Operations Officer 'flying' the Skynet 4 constellation of satellites, he took up the position of Chief of Communications and Engineering Section, HQ Allied Forces Northern Europe, Brunnsum in the Netherlands in 2000. A move to Regional HQ Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy, supporting Air Operations in the Balkans in mid-2002 followed, before returning to the UK and Joint Service Unit Corsham as an E-Commerce Project Manager in early 2003. Staying at Corsham, he took up the position of Staff Officer for Air in Joint Operations and Planning. In 2007 he was posted to Kandahar Airfield in the Joint Force Communications and Information Systems team during Op HERRICK. His next role, in 2008, was in the Typhoon Project Team as the Information's Systems Officer at MOD Abbeywood, this work involved numerous international meetings in Europe alongside the establishment of the Typhoon Support Centre at RAF Coningsby. In 2011 he moved to RAF Brize Norton where he took command of the Information Systems Flight managing the delivery of IT services and systems to 8000 personnel. Following promotion to Squadron Leader in 2012 he began the role of Head of Satellite Operation Coordination, managing mobile satcom equipment and access to the UK Military Satellite Constellation at MOD Corsham. In 2014 he moved to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as Chief of Staff in the Joint Force Communications and Information Systems Headquarters. In late 2014 he returned to MOD Corsham to become the UK Advanced EHF Naval Satcom Project and Programme Manager, delivering satcom terminals to UK attack submarines and integrating their operation through a United States Air Force constellation of Satellites. After successful completion of the NEST Programme in 2018 he moved to a role as Staff Officer Middle East looking after operational communication requirements on Ops SHADER, KIPION and TORAL. In Nov 20, Mike moved to his current role.

    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher

    SATCOM Programme Manager, NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation
    Squadron Leader Thomas Gallagher

    Squadron Leader Gallagher was raised in Winsford, Cheshire prior to studying Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Leeds (2003-2006); during that time he was an Officer Cadet on Yorkshire University Air Squadron.

    After Initial Officer Training at RAF College Cranwell (March 2007-February 2008), he conducted a brief hold at 90 Signals Unit (90SU), prior to returning to RAF Cranwell for Engineering Officer Foundation Training (Communications-Electronics) (EOFT(CE)) (April-December 2008).

    Upon graduation from EOFT(CE) he was posted to RAF Leeming in January 2009 as Officer Commanding (OC) F Flight, 4 Squadron, Tactical Communications Wing (TCW) and he deployed in July 2009 in support of (ISO) Op HERRICK, as the TCW Detachment Commander within the Kandahar Information and Communication Squadron. Upon his return he took command of H Flight, 4 Squadron, TCW and in April 2010 deployed again ISO Op HERRICK. As the SO3 A6 within 903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW), he held responsibility for tactical Air Traffic Control (ATC) services and wider A6 support to 903 EAW, whilst progressing Op MAINTOP (Fixed ATC capability).

    Upon return from Op HERRICK in September 2010, he was posted to Remote Radar Head Staxton Wold. Shortly thereafter, he was selected for a US Air Force (USAF) exchange post and in April 2011 was embedded within the 5 Combat Communications Group (5 CCG) at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, USA. There he advised the USAF Group Commander on communications interoperability, alongside a primary role as the Operations Flight Commander within the 53 Combat Communications Squadron (53 CBCS). He held command of the Squadron (September 2011 - January 2012) and in July 2013 deployed to Jordan ISO USAF/Royal Jordanian Air Force bilateral defence of Jordan (July 2013-Febuary 2014). Elevated to the position of Communications Director of Operations within 407 Air Expeditionary Group, he led the transformation of initial entry bare base communications, to fixed Main Operating Base level information services. Upon return to the US, he assumed command of the 5CCG Training Flight holding responsibility for both the technical and combat readiness training of ~900 personnel.

    In June 2014, he returned to the UK. Posted to the A6 Force Headquarters within Air Command, he held responsibility for Information Assurance across multiple Intelligence and Air Mobility aircraft delivery programmes. This was followed by a posting within the Defence School of Communications and Information Systems, as an EOFT(CE) course officer, within the No 1 Radio School at RAF Cosford. There he instructed and mentored newly graduated Officers prior to their first postings within the Engineering Branch.

    In June 2017 he was promoted to Sqn Ldr and posted within the Defence Digital (DD) Ops HQ, Joint Spectrum Authority. Responsible for Spectrum Management (SM) of MOD Electromagnetic Activity (EMA), he advanced the processes and governance surrounding service fulfilment, incident management and planned outage (jamming) activity, advancing EMA and SM thinking within the DD Ops HQ.

    Married to Rachel and father to Renna (3), his main focus outside of work and home life is split between golf and rugby union (RU). He enjoys the battle to reduce his golf handicap and supporting both RAF and civilian RU leagues as an RU referee.

    Wing Commander Andrew Eccleston

    SO1 Space and Bearers, UK Strategic Command
    Wing Commander Andrew Eccleston

    Wing Commander David Black

    Skynet EC Project Manager, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
    Wing Commander David Black

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    Sponsors


    Babcock

    Sponsors
    http://www.babcockinternational.com

    Team Aurora, led by Babcock and including GovSat, Intelsat and SES, has been selected for the next stage of the Ministry of Defence procurement for the ‘SKYNET 6 Service Delivery Wrap’ contract.

    The consortium brings a wealth of international expertise across defence and satcom operations in the public and commercial sectors and is invested in a partnership approach, working collaboratively with the Ministry of Defence and its Stakeholders in transforming the delivery of Satellite Communication Services. Backed by extensive experience, Team Aurora is focussed on maximising existing infrastructure to drive through efficiencies, leveraging its experience as a UK service delivery and support provider and achieving value for money for its customers through technological innovation.



    Boeing

    Sponsors
    http://www.boeing.com

    Space and Launch's global satellite businesses, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., together make up Boeing’s center for all space-borne intelligence systems and government and commercial satellite systems. Boeing offers end-to-end intelligence services and has competency in large-scale systems integration; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; and navigation and communication systems. The world's first geosynchronous communications satellite, Syncom II, was built by Boeing and launched in 1963. Since Syncom, the company has delivered more than 300 satellites to more than 50 customers in over 20 countries. All were designed and built in Boeing’s satellite manufacturing factory, the world’s largest such facility.


    Eutelsat

    Sponsors
    https://www.eutelsat.com

    Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location.

    National and international government networks, natural disaster relief management, special operations and nation-building all require easily deployable, dependable, secure, flexible and affordable communications. Whether you face challenges of remote connectivity, security, assured access to satcom services, resilience or agility, we can tailor solutions specifically for you.



    ExoAnalytic Solutions

    Sponsors
    http://www.exoanalytic.com

    ExoAnalytic Solutions is the world's leading provider of high-altitude space situational awareness (SSA) data products and services. With a network of over 300 telescopes, ExoAnalytic Solutions produces vast amounts of high-quality, real-time correlated observations of man-made satellites and debris. The ExoAnalytic Global Telescope Network (EGTN) currently consists of 30+ observatories on five continents (Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America) and Hawaii. Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, ExoAnalytic Solutions is a technology and innovation leader in missile defense, complex systems modelling and simulation, and space situational awareness.


    GovSat

    Sponsors
    http://www.govsat.lu

    GovSat is a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. Its mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible governmental satellite communication services to address the demand resulting from defence and institutional security applications. Its first satellite, GovSat-1, is a multi-mission satellite using X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams.


    Hughes

    Sponsors
    https://www.hughes.com/

    Hughes delivers information anywhere the mission leads. We engineer and manage resilient networks with intelligence built-in, to make networks easier to operate and harder to take down. We leverage interoperable standards to make networks software-defined, not hardware-limited. We reach to the farthest ends of the mission, so the warfighter is never at an information disadvantage. Hughes. Secure Communications. Anytime. Anywhere. Anycomms.


    Inmarsat

    Sponsors
    http://www.inmarsat.com/government

    In an uncertain world, we believe in certainty. Communication certainty - anywhere, anytime, any situation. We don’t just believe it’s possible, we’ve built the satellite network that uniquely makes it so. Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s leading portfolio of global satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility. Inmarsat holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. With an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, Inmarsat has been sustaining business and mission critical secure, safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. In the Government sector, Inmarsat is proud to be the leading commercial satcoms partner to the “5-Eyes” nations (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand). That is why we are depended upon by the governments of over 80 countries and have been serving this market for over 40 years. We deliver communication certainty to governments, globally.


    Kratos

    Sponsors
    www.kratosdefense.com/products/space

    Kratos helps ensure customers are “Ready for What’s Next” in the rapidly changing satellite industry by improving operational efficiencies and managing the complexities enabling a dynamic ground. From RF interference mitigation and cancellation, end-to-end network management, signal processing, to command & control, Kratos products and services are used by more than 80 percent of the world’s satellite operators and 90 percent of U.S.-based space missions. Kratos develops, integrates and sustains technology ensuring space communications superiority.


    Leonardo DRS

    Sponsors
    http://www.leonardodrs.com

    Leonardo DRS is the #1 SATCOM integrator for the U.S. Government and a leader in satellite-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for defense, intelligence, and federal/civil markets. Specializing in mission-critical solutions, Leonardo DRS provides tailored global communications and enterprise IT solutions, rapid response support, engineering expertise, and a dedicated team of field service representatives. Leonardo DRS produces transformational results, where mission success is measurable, implementation is risk averse, and solutions are best value.


    Lockheed Martin

    Sponsors
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


    Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Sponsors
    http://www.northropgrumman.com

    Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.


    Ovzon

    Sponsors
    http://www.ovzon.com

    Ovzon is revolutionizing mobile broadband via satellite with the highest bandwidth through the smallest terminals. Ovzon’s end-to-end solutions meet the growing demand of global connectivity for customers with high performance requirements including Government, Media, Maritime, Aviation and NGOs. The company was founded in 2006 and has offices in Stockholm in Sweden and in Herndon, VA, and Tampa, FL in the United States. Ovzon is publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.


    SES

    Sponsors
    https://www.ses.com

    As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air. Governments around the world increasingly rely on commercial satellite services to meet their networking needs. With O3b mPOWER, SES will offer unparalleled throughput, scalability and flexibility, enabling sovereign capabilities to put you in control of your data and missions, wherever they are. Whether it’s for military, social and economic development, or future technologies, SES can help.



    ST Engineering iDirect

    Sponsors
    http://www.idirect.net

    ST Engineering iDirect is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. With the acquisition of Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges, and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities.


    Telesat Government Solutions

    Sponsors
    https://www.telesat-us.com

    Telesat Government Solutions is continuously innovating to meet the connectivity demands of the future. Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network, will offer unparalleled survivable and assured connectivity for integrated, hybrid MilSatCom networking for defense missions.


    Thales

    Sponsors
    http://www.thalesgroup.com

    In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices


    The Alliance

    Sponsors
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-alliance-defence/

    The Alliance partnership brings together three experienced global service providers with long standing defence pedigrees: BT in resilient information services and secure mobility; NSSLGlobal with commercial satcom for the Royal Navy, land and air users; and Viasat in space and cyber expertise and delivery. Working and innovating together, enabling defence.


    Thuraya

    Sponsors
    www.thuraya.com

    Thuraya, is the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company. Established in 1997, Thuraya offers innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including maritime, energy, government, broadcast media, military, aerospace and humanitarian NGO.


    Viasat

    Sponsors
    http://www.viasat.com

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.


    Virgin Orbit

    Sponsors
    https://virginorbit.com/

    Virgin Orbit builds and operates the most flexible and responsive satellite launcher ever invented: LauncherOne, a dedicated launch service for commercial and government-built small satellites. LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and will be air-launched from our modified 747-400 carrier aircraft – allowing us to operate from locations all over the world in order to best serve each customer’s needs. Virgin Orbit’s systems are currently in an advanced stage of testing, with initial orbital launches expected soon. To learn more or to apply to join Virgin Orbit’s talented and growing team, visit virginorbit.com.

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    Avanti

    Exhibitors
    http://www.avantiplc.com

    Avanti Communications delivers high-throughput satellite connectivity. Our fleet of Ka-band high-throughput satellites provide steerable beams operating from Texas to Thailand delivering security of operations, agility, flexibility and capacity, allowing users to achieve information advantage. We also provide fixed beams across EMEA to support emerging or enduring operational requirements at immediate notice.



    BFBS

    Exhibitors
    http://www.bfbsmi.com

    Armed forces and governments call on our expertise to design leading-edge broadcast and communications solutions for some of the hardest-to-reach environments. MiPlayer as an example gives access to media and messaging content on personal devices without requiring internet access and is now used by UK military personnel deployed worldwide.



    DataPath

    Exhibitors
    https://www.datapath.com

    For over two decades, DataPath has provided mission critical SATCOM products, services and integrated solutions to customers worldwide. Adding to the line of robust, portable satellite terminals, DataPath will introduce the C-Series Satcom-on-the-Move (CCT SOTM) at Global MilSatCom 2021. Initially available in Ka-band, X and Ku-band configurations are in development.



    GRC Ltd

    Exhibitors
    https://grcltd.net/

    Satellite, RF, cloud and IP connectivity specialists, GRC design, integrate and support communication systems serving defence, government, emergency response and commercial users. Our partnerships and Tier 1 VAR (Value-Added Reseller) status with leading hardware and airtime providers, ensure cost-effective, intelligently integrated solutions, backed up by through life support and training.


    Inster

    Exhibitors
    http://www.inster.es

    Inster designs and manufactures reliable SATCOM equipment for military satellite communications where the mobility and portability are the key factors: • High efficiency Low profile SOTM and Manpack Terminals based in phase array technology. • Highly Portable Tactical Satcom Terminals with rapid and accurate auto-acquisition in backpack and single case configurations.


    Integrasys

    Exhibitors
    https://www.integrasys-space.com

    INTEGRASYS, established in 1990 is a software development and engineering company specialized in satellite network design, deployment, maintenance, and interference mitigation tools for monitoring critical satellite infrastructure in the commercial and defense fields, offering a wide range of signal monitoring products and VSAT Deployment, maintenance, and link budget solutions.


    Intelsat

    Exhibitors
    http://www.Intelsat.com

    As the foundational architects of satellite technology,Intelsat operates the world’s most trusted satellite telecom network. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, governments and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit, software-defined 5G network designed for simple, seamless, and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers most need it. Follow the leader in global connectivity and “Imagine Here,” with us, at Intelsat.com.



    Kymeta

    Exhibitors
    https://kymetacorp.com

    Kymeta is unlocking the potential of broadband satellite connectivity, combined with cellular networks, to satisfy the overwhelming demand for comms on the move and making mobile global. Lepton Global Solutions, a Kymeta company, hosts the company’s satellite connectivity solutions and offers unique, complete, and turnkey bundled solutions to the market based on best-in-class technologies and tailored customer-centric services that meet and exceed customer mission requirements. These solutions in tandem with the company’s flat-panel satellite antenna, the first of its kind, and Kymeta Connect™ services provide revolutionary mobile connectivity on satellite and hybrid satellite-cellular networks to customers around the world. Backed by U.S. and international patents and licenses, the Kymeta terminal addresses the need for lightweight, slim, and high-throughput communication systems that do not require mechanical components to steer toward a satellite. Kymeta makes connecting easy – for any vehicle, vessel, or fixed platform.


    L3Harris

    Exhibitors
    http://www.l3harris.com

    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, 48,000 employees and customers in over 100 countries.


    Marlink

    Exhibitors
    https://marlink.com

    Marlink is the trusted partner of fully managed network solutions based on an intelligent hybrid network infrastructure and unrivalled digital services. We serve European militaries and government institutions, empowering remote operations with multi-band satcoms seamlessly integrated with terrestrial technologies. We tailor our solutions with advanced tracking and safety, welfare communications, digital solutions including remote data and IT and cyber security supported by 24/7 logistics and support for efficient operations.


    Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS)

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    http://www.mb-satellite.com

    Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS) is a communication solutions provider & integrator and operator of Germany’s largest teleport. Since the 1970s, MBS has provided dedicated services to government and enterprise users via its extensive and fully owned teleport facility. With up to 135 active antennas and a 24/7 manned Network Operations Center (NOC), MBS enables connectivity in government use frequency bands (X-band & MIL Ka-band) as well as commercial bands (C-, Ku- and Ka-Band). In addition to satellite, MBS also utilizes radio, mobile and fiber connectivity. This enables an array of applications such as: · Connectivity for theatres of operation · Interconnection and interoperability of institutional or defence sites/network entities · Command & control (C2) · Intelligence · Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) · SOF missions · Communications-on-the-move/pause for land, air and maritime missions From our MBS Teleport in Usingen near Frankfurt, customers can reach regions across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the American continent with maritime coverage for the Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans. Dedicated to governmental and institutional users, MBS features high-availability, EU/US security compliant and ISO27001 (cyber security) certified infrastructure and services, ranging from military-off-the-shelf services to fully managed and mission tailored communication solutions. We have over 40 years of experience in satellite communication combined with our comprehensive application and hardware know-how. MBS is customer-centric and translates user demands into agile, secure and robust communication solutions. We are proud of our high-quality services “Made in Usingen/Germany”. This quality is reinforced by our own team of engineers that are dedicated to the support of our customers at all stages of their mission, product and/or service life cycle. For more information please visit: www.mb-satellite.com


    Milexia

    Exhibitors
    https://www.milexia.com/

    Milexia provide a range of tactical satcom terminals, RF Sub-Systems and Engineering Solutions that enable tactical communications. Offered in X, Ku and Ka-band, our lightweight robust designs have been adopted by defence, homeland security and emergency services around the globe.


    OneWeb

    Exhibitors
    https://www.oneweb.world/

    Co-owned by Her Majesty’s Government, global communications company OneWeb provides Armed Forces around the World with game-changing levels in Broadband connectivity. Enabled by its constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and ecosystem of ground gateways and user terminals, OneWeb provides multi-domain forces with high speed, low latency and reliable communications, supported by ‘Cloud’ computing and ‘on-demand’ digital resources.


    Requtech

    Exhibitors
    http://www.requtech.se

    Antenna systems for radar and satellite communications since 2009. Solid background within R&D of satcom and telecom, and has inhouse antennas, filters and related components for all SatCom frequency bands. Has since 2017 worked with satellite mobile innovation in the Phased arrays for satcom-on-the-move and LEO/MEO applications and launched the product line RESA (ReQuTech Electronically Steered Antennas) in 2021.



    SERADATA

    Exhibitors
    http://www.seradata.com

    SERADATA produces SpaceTrak, the Space Industry's leading launch and satellite database. Delivered via a powerful website, SpaceTrak provides comprehensive, consistent, independent and authoritative information for every launch and satellite (including future launches). SpaceTrak includes frequency capability data by satellite with links to ITU filings. Ideal for market, reliability (launch and in-orbit) and SSA analyses, SpaceTrak guides the business decisions of over 100 organisations in 20 countries including governments (space-agencies and military), manufacturers, launch providers, satellite operators, consultants and insurance companies.


    Teledyne

    Exhibitors
    http://www.teledynedefenseelectronics.com/paradisedatacom

    Teledyne Paradise Datacom, part of the Teledyne Aerospace & Defense Electronics Group, provides the satcom industry with satcom modem systems and SSPA systems. Flagship products include the Q-Net Full Mesh SCPC System and the new compact Axiom modem for Manpacks and UAV satcom links. Resilient high power PowerMAX systems provide the ultimate RF solution for secure satcom systems



    XTAR, LLC

    Exhibitors
    http://www.xtar.com/

    XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. XTAR’s two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, are WGS-compatible and readily support mobile applications in the harshest environments. Available coverage is from Denver east to Singapore.

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    Aerospace & Defense Technology

    Official Media Partner
    http://www.aerodefensetech.com/

    For the past 12 years, Aerospace & Defense Technology has been the mil/aero industry’s most trusted source for cutting-edge design and engineering information. Whether it’s in-depth feature articles on the hottest technology topics, application briefs that illustrate innovative uses of products and systems, tech briefs that describe how specific technologies are developed, or new product information that highlights the latest releases to the market, Aerospace & Defense Technology has the resources engineers need to do their jobs better.


    Space News

    Official Media Partner
    http://www.spacenews.com

    Since 1989, SpaceNews has provided decision-makers throughout the industry with timely and comprehensive space and satellite news, giving them the competitive intelligence they need to succeed. Whether it's the latest trend in military space capabilities, the next space mission or breaking developments in satellite telecommunications, SpaceNews keeps them informed.

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    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


    Satnews Publishers

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    http://www.satnews.com

    SatNews is a leading provider of satellite events, news, publications, research and other satellite industry information in the commercial and military enterprises worldwide. SatNews hosts to the SmallSat Symposium and the Satellite Innovation conference, hosted in Silicon Valley. SatNews include Daily and Weekly News Services and SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine, published monthly. satnews.com


    Army Technology

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    http://www.army-technology.com

    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


    RF GlobalNet

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    https://www.rfglobalnet.com/#utm_source=Google&utm_medium=logo&utm_campaign=SMI2020

    The Pulse Of RF & Microwave Engineering, serving the needs of engineering professionals since 1996. We provide RF/microwave engineers with the tools they need to do their jobs, offering a vast technical library, a new products directory, the latest industry news, downloadable software, technology-specific Resource Centers, and more.


    Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG)

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    http://www.suirg.org

    Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG) is the global industry organisation, established to combat the increasing and costly problem of satellite radio frequency interference. It also as a group focuses on the future of satellite communication technology and the effects or issues of that technology relating to interference. IRG has a number of practical initiatives, all aimed at reducing satellite interference, including establishing Carrier ID, Training & Certification and Type Approvals. The group itself comprises working groups, chaired by key industry experts, charged with the task of establishing the practical initiatives and obtaining the support of the entire industry.


    Everything RF

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    http://www.everythingrf.com

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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